The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence

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Translated, Edited, and with an Introduction by Brandon C. Look and Donald Rutherford

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This volume is a critical edition of the ten-year correspondence (1706-1716) between Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, one of Europe’s most influential early modern thinkers, and Bartholomew Des Bosses, a Jesuit theologian who was keen to bring together Leibniz’s philosophy and the Aristotelian philosophy and religious doctrines accepted by his order. The letters offer crucial insights into Leibniz’s final metaphysics and into the intellectual life of the eighteenth century.
Brandon C. Look and Donald Rutherford present seventy-one of Leibniz’s and Des Bosses’s letters in the original Latin and in careful English translation. Few of the letters have been translated into English before. The editors also provide extensive annotations, deletions, and marginalia from Leibniz’s various drafts, and a substantial introduction setting the context for the correspondence and analyzing the main philosophical issues.

Brandon C. Look is University Research Professor, University of Kentucky. Donald Rutherford is professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego.

“Brandon Look and Donald Rutherford provide a detailed and historically informed picture of the Leibniz-Des Bosses correspondence as well as a brilliant introductory essay that will be hugely influential on Leibniz scholarship.”—Richard T. W. Arthur, McMaster University, Ontario

"The letters appear both in their original Latin and in graceful translations on opposite pages for ready comparison; few have ever before been translated into English. Look and Rutherford's 80-page introduction sets them in context and will clarify for scholars and students studying these letters the intellectual, religious, and schematic issues of the day: transubstantiation, Jansenism, and Leibniz's own measuring and re-measuring of his thought as at turns either a metaphysics of idealism or one of realism. Essential for university collections and large public libraries alike."—Library Journal

"One of the most important contributions to Leibniz studies of the past few decades...a precious and welcome contribution."—Maria Rosa Antognazza, British Journal for the History of Philosophy
ISBN: 9780300118049
Publication Date: September 28, 2007
558 pages, 6 x 9 1/4"
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