Springer, Dordrecht


532 Pages

ISBN 978-1-4020-8667-0

Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science
vol. 13


what kind of rationalist?

Edited by

Marcelo Dascal

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was an outstanding contributor to many fields of human knowledge. The historiography of philosophy has tagged him as a "rationalist". But what does this exactly mean? Is he a "rationalist" in the same sense in Mathematics and Politics, in Physics and Jurisprudence, in Metaphysics and Theology, in Logic and Linguistics, in Technology and Medicine, in Epistemology and Ethics? What are the most significant features of his "rationalism", whatever it is?

For the first time an outstanding group ofLeibniz researchers, some acknowledged as leading scholars, others in the beginning of a promising career, who specialize in the most significant areas of Leibniz's contributions to human thought and action, were requested to spell out the nature of his rationalism in each of these areas, with a view to provide a comprehensive picture of what it amounts to, both in its general drive and in its specific features and eventual inner tensions.

The chapters of the book are the result of intense discussion in the course of an international conference focused on the title question of this book, and were selected in view of their contribution to this topic. They are clustered in thematically organized parts. No effort has been made to hide the controversies underlying the different interpretations of Leibniz's "rationalism" – in each particular domain and as a whole. On the contrary, the editor firmly believes that only through a variety of conflicting interpretive perspectives can the multi-faceted nature of an oeuvre of such a magnitude and variety as Leibniz's be brought to light and understood as it deserves.

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Dascal, M. (ed) (2008). Leibniz: what kind of rationalist?, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Dascal Marcelo


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Leibniz's rationalism

Schepers Heinrich


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Leibniz's two-pronged dialectic

Dascal Marcelo


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Leibniz's rationality

Nachtomy Ohad


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De abstracto et concreto

Beeley Philip


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The art of mathematical rationality

Breger Herbert


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Ramus and Leibniz on analysis

Blank Andreas


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Leibniz's conception of natural explanation

de Mendonça Marta


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Boucher Pol


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Authenticity or autonomy?

Posy Carl J


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Morality and feeling

Dias Cardoso Adelino


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Leibniz and moral rationality

de Gaudemar Martine


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Leibniz's models of rational decision

Roinila Markku


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Apology for a credo maximum

Laerke Mogens


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Convergence or genealogy?

Smith Justin Erik


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Leibniz on creation

Cook J. Thomas


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Causa sive ratio

Di Bella Stefano


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