Russell's first strictly philosophical work, this study remains one of the most important studies of Leibniz ever published. It established an approach to studying philosophers of the past that emphasises the philosophical rather than the historical. In Russell's own words, 'Philosophic truth and falsehood, in short rather than historical fact, ...
Russell's first strictly philosophical work, this study remains one of the most important studies of Leibniz ever published. It established an approach to studying philosophers of the past that emphasises the philosophical rather than the historical. In Russell's own words, 'Philosophic truth and falsehood, in short rather than historical fact, are what primarily demand our attention in this inquiry.' His interpretation emphasised the logical and deductive power of Leibniz's system in opposition to the standard interpretations that had previously led Russell to believe that the Monadology was a kind of fantastic fairy tale.
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Bertrand Russell is noted for his logical acumen and clarity in his writing. His powers are fully exhibited in his book, A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz, the new edition of 1937. Attentive readers can command for Leibniz a clear view of elements of this philosophical system on issues of substance, identity of indiscernables, propositions, continuity, matter, space, time, monadology, knowledge, and the law of sufficient reason. This book has an ?Appendix of Leading Passages? to aid a careful student. Russell performs an excellent and thorough task to integrate views scattered in many writings of Leibniz, with careful attention to consistency and completeness in logical analysis. In this volume we have an excellent source of scholarship on this philosopher.
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