"Since no one or two of Leibniz's works capture the breadth of his thought, Strickland's anthology is a happy solution and fills a neglected niche in hitherto published anthologies."
- Daniel J. Cook, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Brooklyn College, CUNY
"Strickland's excellent collection not only provides a highly accessible entry point to students approaching Leibniz for the first time, but also constitutes a significant contribution to Leibniz scholarship; the selections are fresh and interesting, and succeed in revealing the breadth and depth of Leibniz's philosophy."
- Vernon Pratt, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Lancaster University
"A volume of Leibniz translations by Lloyd Strickland, The Shorter Leibniz Texts was very welcome. Strickland can render Leibniz clearly in a prose which enables, rather than steadies, the dizzying effects of Leibniz's different concepts as they encompass infinity. Many of the pieces - On The Death Penalty, On The Happy Life, to choose two - have not appeared in English before. Check out Strickland's peerless website [i.e. leibniz-translations.com] for many other short translations published online."
- Edmund Hardy, from Ready Steady Book's review of the best books of 2006
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THE SHORTER LEIBNIZ TEXTS
Published October 2006 (UK) / December 2006 (US).
THE SHORTER LEIBNIZ TEXTS contains 67 texts, including 40 that have not appeared in English before, and around a dozen that were previously only available in old and now hard to find anthologies or in other works that are not widely accessible to many students or scholars.
As is common with such anthologies, some of the selections are not provided in their entirety. In some cases I have translated the remaining parts of the text, which can be accessed via this page. Clicking on the titles in red will take you to the portion of that particular text that is not included in the anthology.
Texts included (those marked with * are previously unavailable in English, those with ** are not available in any of the recent English anthologies):
II. MIND, BODY AND SOUL
A. SOULS AND THEIR NATURE
III. FREE WILL AND NECESSITY
A. THE NATURE OF FREE WILL
A. MATTER AND BODY
V. LAW AND ETHICS
A. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Note - by 'recent anthologies', I mean those published in the last forty years or so, e.g.:
Paul Schrecker & Anne Martin Schrecker, Monadology and other Philosophical Essays (1965)
G. H. R. Parkinson, Logical Papers (1966)
H. T. Mason, The Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence (1967)
Leroy Loemker, Philosophical Papers and Letters (2ed, 1969)
Patrick Riley, Political Writings (1972)
Mary Morris & G. H. R. Parkinson, Philosophical Writings (1973)
R. Niall D. Martin & Stuart Brown, Discourse on Metaphysics and Related Writings (1988)
Roger Ariew & Daniel Garber, Philosophical Essays (1989)
G. H. R. Parkinson, De summa rerum (1992)
Daniel J. Cook & Henry Rosemont Jr., Writings on China (1994)
R. S. Woolhouse & Richard Francks, Leibniz's 'New System' and associated Contemporary Texts (1997)
R. S. Woolhouse & Richard Francks, Philosophical Texts (1998)
Richard T. W. Arther, The Labyrinth of the continuum (2001)
R. Sleigh Jr., Confessio Philosophi (2005)