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"The Monadology is probably the most widely studied of Leibniz's works but it is also among the most difficult. This book provides an in-depth commentary that is clearly written, superbly documented and philosophically penetrating; it will be a great help to students of all levels."
     - Nicholas Jolley, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine

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Leibniz's Monadology
Published September 2014 by Edinburgh University Press (UK). Distributed in the US by Oxford University Press (US).

From the back cover blurb:

A fresh translation and in-depth commentary of Leibniz's seminal text, the Monadology.

Written in 1714, the Monadology is widely considered to be the classic statement of Leibniz's mature philosophy. In the space of 90 numbered paragraphs, totalling little more than 6000 words, Leibniz outlines - and argues for - the core features of his philosophical system. Although rightly regarded as a masterpiece, it is also a very condensed work that generations of students have struggled to understand.

Lloyd Strickland presents a new translation of the Monadology, alongside key parts of the Theodicy, and an in-depth, section-by-section commentary that explains in detail not just what Leibniz is saying in the text but also why he says it. The sharp focus on the various arguments and other justifications Leibniz puts forward makes possible a deeper and more sympathetic understanding of his doctrines.

Key features:

  • A new translation of Leibniz's seminal text, by a well-known translator of Leibniz's works
  • A complete, in-depth, section-by-section commentary of the text, bringing to light Leibniz's arguments, principles and assumptions
  • Includes a detailed introduction, substantial supplementary texts, a glossary of terms, questions for further study and suggestions for further reading to help you gain a solid understanding of the text


  • Introduction
  • About the Text and Translation
  • The Monadology
  • The Structure of the Monadology
  • The Monadology: Text with Running Commentary
  • Appendix (including:
    • Complete translations of all 130+ sections of the Theodicy (1710) referenced in the Monadology itself
    • Complete translation of Principles of Nature and Grace (1714)
    • Complete translation of Leibniz's Appendix on Monads (1714)
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Questions for Further Study
  • Further Reading
  • Index