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Starting with Leibniz

Starting with...

Paperback Published: 13th January 2011
ISBN: 9781847062048
Number Of Pages: 174

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This title introduces students to the life, work and ideas of Gottfried Leibniz, taking the reader new to the subject through the key themes of his writings. Gottfried Leibniz was one of the most important and influential philosophers of the seventeenth century and, alongside Descartes and Spinoza, one of the three great Rationalist thinkers. Covering all the key concepts of his work, "Starting with Leibniz" provides an accessible introduction to the ideas of this hugely significant thinker. Thematically structured, the book leads the reader through a thorough overview of the development of Leibniz's thought, resulting in a more thorough understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns. Offering coverage of the full range of Leibniz's ideas, the book explores his work on substance, mind, body, matter, the existence of God, dynamics and the philosophy of science. Crucially the book introduces the major influences on Leibniz's thought, including Aristotle, Plato, Descartes and Spinoza. This is the ideal introduction for anyone coming to the work of this hugely important thinker for the first time.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Life and Worksp. 2
Leibniz's 'Fairy Tale'p. 11
Substancesp. 17
Substance: Its General Characteristicsp. 17
Against Cartesian Corporeal Substancep. 21
Complete Conceptsp. 23
Souls and Substantial Formsp. 25
Complete Worlds Apartp. 29
Substantial Forms Againp. 33
Material Bodyp. 36
Corporeal Substance Realismp. 36
Idealismp. 39
Phenomenalismp. 40
Body as Monadic Aggregatep. 41
Minds and Monadsp. 45
Leibnizian and Cartesian Minds: Human and Animalp. 45
Monadic Perception, Appetition, and Embodimentp. 51
Natural Philosophyp. 57
The Mechanical Philosophy and Substantial Formsp. 57
Matter and Passive Forcep. 59
Motion and Active Forcep. 63
Causation and the Metaphysics of Forcep. 72
Motionp. 72
From Occasionalism to Pre-established Harmonyp. 73
Body and Mindp. 79
Bodily Deathp. 79
Union of Mind and Body: Descartes and Malebranchep. 83
Leibniz's Objections to Interactionism and Occasionalismp. 86
Pre-established Harmonyp. 91
Spacep. 100
Correspondence with Clarkep. 101
Sufficient Reasonp. 101
Identity of Indiscerniblesp. 102
Space as Absolute and as Relativep. 103
God and Our Relation to Himp. 108
God and Creationp. 108
Proofs of the Existence of Godp. 110
God and His Relation to the Created Worldp. 116
Contingency and Freedomp. 119
Human Freedomp. 119
Divine Freedomp. 129
The Best of All Possible Worldsp. 134
The Best World Metaphysically or Naturallyp. 135
The Best World Morallyp. 139
Evil in the Best Possible Worldp. 143
Abbreviations and Referencesp. 149
Indexp. 158
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ISBN: 9781847062048
ISBN-10: 1847062040
Series: Starting with...
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 13th January 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1