Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays

Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays Review

Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays contains complete translations of the two essays that constitute the best introduction to Leibniz's complete thought: 'Discourse on Metaphysics', a short course in his metaphysics, written in 1686 at the time his mature thought was just crystalising and 'Monadology' of 1714, a summary of Leibniz's mature metaphysics, written late in his long career. These are supplemented with two essays of special interest to the student of modern philosophy, 'On the Ultimate Origination of Things' of 1697, which deals clearly with Leibniz's celebrated doctrine of contingency and creation, and the Preface to his New Essays of 1703-1705, which presents a brief and coherent overview of his epistemological position, particularly as it relates to the empiricism of Locke.

Title:Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays
Edition Language:English

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  • Mahnam

    نوشته های لایبنیتس متاسفانه بسیار پراكنده هستن و كه دلیلش یكی به این برمیگرده كه نوشته های به جا مانده از او بی...

  • Suzanne

    Well, I made it through this one. I can't say I enjoyed it or that I feel enlightened. In fact, I might be measurably stupider than before I began reading it. That's no fault of Mr. Leibniz. I just ca...

  • Roy Lotz

    Leibniz would be intolerable if he wasn’t so concise and orderly. The Discourse and Monadology are quick reads. He sets forth his argument with minimal rhetorical flourish, building on his previous ...

  • Matthew

    Leibniz is likely the closest that I will get to supporting Rationalism, personally. His thoughts are clear, and easy to follow, even if I do not agree with him all the time.The best part about this s...

  • Stevie von Uexkll

    Read: 'Discourse on Metaphysics' and excerpts from the Arnauld Correspondence.Every substance contains its posteriority and everything that will happen to it. Every substance express all other substan...

  • Ross

    [S]ince something rather nothing exists, there is a certain urge for existence or (so to speak) a straining toward existence in possible things or in possibility or essence itself; in a word, essence ...

  • Erick

    Definitely interesting and makes me want to re-read the Theodicy. After reading Schelling thoroughly, it is clear that Leibniz influenced him. The most noticeable area being Schelling's distinction be...

  • Brent McCulley

    It was super fun to interact with Leibniz finally. His argument of sufficient reason, and argument from contingency for God's existence were awesome to read finally from his own pen. A great overview ...

  • Francisco Paniagua

    A monad is a simple (indivisible, contingent) substance created as an idea of the necessary being, God, under the premise that this being —being the sum of all perfections without limit—, acts fol...

  • Arno Mosikyan

    Determinism by Leibniz: "And since every present state of a simple substance is a natural consequence of its preceding state, the present is pregnant with the future." Two stars because of too much th...