The Continuum Companion to Leibniz (Continuum Companions)

The Continuum Companion to Leibniz (Continuum Companions)

By: Brandon Look (editor), Bolton Bolton (contributor), Cover Cover (contributor), Lin Martin (contributor), Philip Beeley (contributor), Brandon Look (contributor), Ursula Goldenbaum (contributor), Ohad Nachtomy (contributor), Sean Greenberg (contributor), Pauline Phemister (contributor)Hardback

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With entries written by leading scholars in the field of Modern Philosophy, this is a complete one-volume reference guide to Leibniz's life, thought and work. G.W.F. Leibniz (1646-1716) was one of the great polymaths of the modern world. As well as being among the greatest Rationalist metaphysicians of the post-medieval age, he built the first mechanical calculator capable of multiplication and division, and developed the binary, base-two system. As a physicist, he made advances in mechanics, coining the term 'kinetic energy'. As a mathematician, Leibniz invented calculus independently of Newton, and it is his notation, not Newton's, which is used to this day. Perhaps best known for the atomic concept of the monad, Leibniz also made outstanding contributions to symbolic logic, aesthetics, history, linguistics, and political theory. With entries written by leading scholars in the field of Modern Philosophy, this Companion is an accessible and authoritative reference guide to Leibniz's life, work and. The book includes extended biographical sketches, a time line and an up-to-date annotated bibliography. Gathering all these resources, this book will be an extremely valuable tool for those interested in Leibniz and the era in which he wrote. "The Continuum Companions" series is a major series of single volume companions to key research fields in the humanities aimed at postgraduate students, scholars and libraries. Each companion offers a comprehensive reference resource giving an overview of key topics, research areas, new directions and a manageable guide to beginning or developing research in the field. A distinctive feature of the series is that each companion provides practical guidance on advanced study and research in the field, including research methods and subject-specific resources.

About Author

Brandon C. Look is associate professor and director of graduate studies, department of philosophy, University of Kentucky. His research focuses on the history of early modern philossopy, especially on the thought of Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant. He also works on issues in contemporary epistemology, philosophy, logic, and the history of philosophy in science. He is the editor and translator of The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence (Yale UP, 2007) and one other book on Leibniz's work (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1999).


List of Contributors / Part I: Leibniz's Times and Philosophical Precursors / 1. Introduction: Leibniz's Life and Works Brandon C. Look / 2. Descartes and Leibniz Pauline Phemister / 3. Leibniz and Hobbes Philip Beeley / 4. Leibniz's Fascination with Spinoza Ursula Goldenbaum / 5. Malebranche and Leibniz Sean Greenberg / Part II: Leibniz's Philosophy / 6. Leibniz's Metaphysics: The Path to Monadology Brandon C. Look / 7. Logical Theory in Leibniz Samuel Levey / 8. Leibniz's Theory of Cognition Martha Bolton / 9. Leibniz's Theory of Modality Ohad Nachtomy / 10. Leibniz's Theory of Causation Brandon C. Look / 11. Leibniz's Philosophical Theology Martin Lin / 12. Leibniz on Free Will Jack Davidson / 13. Leibniz's Moral Philosophy Gregory Brown / 14. Leibniz's Contribution to Natural Philosophy Francois Duchesneau / 15. Leibniz and the Life Sciences Justin E.H. Smith / 16. Leibnizian Mathematics Douglas M. Jesseph / Part III: The Aftermath / 17. Kant, The Leibnizians and Leibniz Anja Jauernig / Bibliography / Index of Names

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  • ISBN13: 9780826429759
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9780826429759
  • ISBN10: 0826429750

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