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LEIBNIZ'S KEY PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS: A GUIDE


Leibniz's Key Philosophical Writings: A Guide
To be published March 2020, by Oxford University Press.

Co-edited with Paul Lodge

From the back cover blurb:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) is one of the most important and influential philosophers of the modern period, offering a wealth of original ideas in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and philosophical theology, among them his signature doctrines such as substance and monads, pre-established harmony, and optimism. This volume contains introductory essays on eleven of Leibniz's key philosophical writings, covering youthful works ("Confessio philosophi", "De summa rerum"), seminal middle-period writings ("Discourse on Metaphysics", "New system"), to masterpieces of his maturity ("Monadology", "Discourse on the Natural Theology of the Chinese"), as well as his two main philosophical books (New Essays on Human Understanding, and Theodicy), and three of his most important philosophical correspondences, with Antoine Arnauld, Burcher De Volder, and Samuel Clarke. The essays, written by internationally-renowned experts on Leibniz, offer clear, accessible accounts of the ideas and arguments of these key writings, along with valuable information about their composition and context. By focusing on the primary texts, these essays enable readers to attain a solid understanding of what each text says and why, and give them the confidence to read the texts themselves. Offering a detailed and chronological view of Leibniz's philosophy and its development through some of his most important writings, this volume is an invaluable guide for those encountering Leibniz for the first time.

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
List of abbreviations

Introduction: A Sketch of Leibniz's Life and Philosophical Works
- Paul Lodge and Lloyd Strickland

"Confessio philosophi"
- Lucy Sheaf

"De summa rerum"
- Mogens Laerke

"Discourse on Metaphysics"
- Lloyd Strickland

The Correspondence with Arnauld
- Julia Jorati

"New System of the Nature of Substances"
- Julia Borcherding

The Correspondence with De Volder
- John Whipple

New Essays on Human Understanding
- Martha Brandt Bolton

The Theodicy
- Paul Lodge

"The Monadology"
- Lloyd Strickland

"Discourse on the Natural Theology of the Chinese"
- Daniel J. Cook

The Correspondence with Clarke
- Gregory Brown

References
Index