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The Philosophy of LeibnizMetaphysics and Language$
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Benson Mates

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780195059465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195059468.001.0001

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Life and Works

Life and Works

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(p.14) I Life and Works
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The Philosophy of Leibniz
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DOI:10.1093/0195059468.003.0002

A summary account of Leibniz's life, with special attention to the aspects and episodes that throw light upon his intellectual qualities and the difficult circumstances in which he had to work. Although he is known principally as a philosopher (“this is the best of all possible worlds”) and as a mathematician (coinventor of the differential and integral calculus), the remarkable scope of his intellectual activity and attainments amply justifies his characterization as a polymath, polyhistor, or universal genius.

Keywords:   calculus, history of philosophy, Leibniz

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