Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture

Leibniz on Individuals and Individuation

The Persistence of Premodern Ideas in Modern Philosophy

Authors: McCullough, Laurence B.

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Leibniz's earliest philosophy and its importance for his mature philosophy have not been examined in detail, particularly in the level of detail that one can achieve by placing Leibniz's philosophy in the context of the sources for two of the most basic concerns of his philosophical career: his metaphysics of individuals and the principle oftheir individuation. In this book I provide for the first time a detailed examination of these two Leibnizian themes and trace its implications for how we should interpret other major Leibnizian themes and for how we should read Leibniz and other philosophers of the sixteenth and later centuries as 'modem' philosophers. Leibniz began his philosophical career more than 300 years ago, a fact that shapes fundamentally my attempt in the pages that follow to come to terms now with the texts that he left us. Leibniz's did not do philosophy in a way wholly congenial to twentieth century philosophical methodologies, especially those that have enjoyed some prominence in recent Anglo-American philosophy. Moreover, as we shall see, Leibniz is not a modem philosopher, when 'modem' is understood to mean making a sharp break with medieval philosophy. Indeed, I shall argue, scholars should discard such terms as 'modem' from historical philosophical scholarship, so that old texts can be allowed to remain old - to stand on their own in and from times now long past.

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`This work is well written, well organized and to the point. The author argues his points convincingly, but is admirably fair in his treatment of competing views. This book should stand as an example of what good scholarly research and writing can be. It deserves to be read especially by Leibniz scholars, those interested in late medieval philosophy, and students of early modern philosophy.'
The Review of Metaphysics, LI:3 (1998)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Leibniz on Individuals and Individuation
Book Subtitle
The Persistence of Premodern Ideas in Modern Philosophy
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8684-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8684-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3864-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4654-3
Series ISSN
0928-9518
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 210
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