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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a good contributor to many fields of human wisdom. The historiography of philosophy has tagged him as a “rationalist”. yet what does this precisely suggest? Is he a “rationalist” within the similar feel in arithmetic and Politics, in Physics and Jurisprudence, in Metaphysics and Theology, in common sense and Linguistics, in expertise and drugs, in Epistemology and Ethics? What are the main major gains of his “rationalism”, no matter what it is?

For the 1st time a good team of Leibniz researchers, a few stated as prime students, others first and foremost of a promising occupation, who specialise in the main major components of Leibniz’s contributions to human notion and motion, have been asked to spell out the character of his rationalism in each one of those parts, in order to supply a complete photograph of what it quantities to, either in its basic force and in its particular positive aspects and eventual internal tensions.

The chapters of the ebook are the results of excessive dialogue during a global convention fascinated about the identify query of this publication, and have been chosen in view in their contribution to this subject. they're clustered in thematically equipped elements. No attempt has been made to conceal the controversies underlying different interpretations of Leibniz’s “rationalism” – in each one specific area and as an entire. to the contrary, the editor firmly believes that simply via quite a few conflicting interpretive views can the multi-faceted nature of an oeuvre of one of these value and diversity as Leibniz’s be delivered to mild and understood because it deserves.

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