The Practice of Reason: Leibniz and His Controversies

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Marcelo Dascal
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Philosophy - 359 pages
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) dedicated much of his life to some of the most central debates of his time. For him, our chance of progress towards the happiness of mankind lies in the capacity to recognize the value of the different perspectives through which humans approach the world. Controversies supply the opportunity to exercise this capacity by approaching the opponent not as an adversary but as someone from whose point of view we can enrich our own viewpoint and improve our knowledge. This approach inspired the creation of this series. The book the first in the series devoted to Leibniz presents his views through actual controversies in which he participated, in several domains. Leibniz s original theory of controversies thus appears not only as what the thinker "thinks" about how one "should use" reason in a controversy, but also how he "puts in practice" the kind of rationality he preaches."
 

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Contents

1 The principle of continuity
1
2 Geometrization or mathematization
33
3 Leibniz and the vis viva controversy
51
4 The controversy between Leibniz and Papin
75
5 Leibniz vs Stahl
101
6 Leibnizs conciliatory approaches
137
7 Leibniz vs Lamy
169
8 Leibniz vs Foucher
187
10 Leibnizs critique of Pufendorf
245
11 Leibniz vs Jablonski
273
12 The golden rule
297
13 Leibniz vs Bossuet
321
Name index
345
Subject index
349
The series Controversies
360
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9 Quantification of natural and positive laws
223

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