This volume contains more than 60 original translations of papers written by the German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). As well as contributing to Leibniz scholarship, it functions as an excellent introductory text for students approaching Leibniz for the first time. By focusing on Leibniz's numerous shorter philosophical writings rather than his lengthy and/or impenetrable pieces, this volume aims to be more 'student friendly' than rival anthologies of Leibniz's work. Editor-translator, Lloyd Strickland contributes an introduction explaining the background and content. The translations themselves are drawn from the key areas of Leibniz's thought and categorised accordingly. And as the texts are selected from throughout Leibniz's career, and on a range of topics, together they provide a balanced picture of Leibniz's philosophy. The book will be sufficient in itself for Leibniz students, and will prepare them for other, more difficult volumes of his work.
As many of the selections appear in English for the first time ever (although all the translations will be original), the book will be of great value to more advanced students, and to specialists in Leibniz studies.
Lloyd Strickland (Lancaster University, UK) runs a highly successful website devoted to Leibniz. His publications include articles in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and Ars Disputandi.
Acknowledgements; Bibliography; Introduction; A note on the translations; Part I. Metaphysics; A. Creation; B. Truth and Substance; Part II: Mind, Body and Soul; A. Souls and their nature; B. The relationship between soul and body; C. The fate of souls; Part III. Free Will and Necessity; A. The nature of free will; B. Contingency and necessity; Part IV: Science; A. Matter and body; B. The laws of nature; C. Biology; Part V. Law and Ethics; A. Law; B. Virtue; C. Pleasure and happiness; VI. Theology; A. The existence of God; B. Optimism and meliorism; C. Sin and evil.