Leibniz and Clarke

Leibniz and Clarke : A Study of their Correspondence

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The correspondence between Leibniz and Samuel Clarke (1715-16) was probably the most famous and influential philosophical exchange of the eighteenth century. It focused on the clash between the Newtonian and Leibnizian world systems, involving disputes in physics, theology, and metaphysics. Vailati's book provides a comprehensive overview and commentary on this important body of letters. He not only identifies and evaluates the various arguments, but situates the views advanced by the correspondence in the context of their principal writings.show more

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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 161.5 x 237.7 x 22.4mm | 598.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195113993
  • 9780195113990

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Lucidly argued commentary... Vailati's study is the first comprehensive commentary on the correspondence as a whole... Vailati succeeds in keeping his discussion fresh. * BJHS, Vol.33 2000 * valuable study * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 * For Clarke's views we could hardly be in better hands * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 * Vailati's expositions of the fundamental tenets of each author on the topics at issue are a model of clarity, and his adjudications of their arguments are studiously fair and even-handed. Moreover his approach has the added merit that in establishing their deeply held positions first, Vailati allows us to see clearly what would prevent them from agreeing, and reduces frustration at the fact that there is so little yielding in either's position as the controversy proceeds. * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 * Vailati's assessments of the relative merits of the rivals' views are exemplary, and this is sure to become the standard reference on the controversy * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 *show more

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