- Series: Hackett Classics
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 9th edition (November 15, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780872201323
- ISBN-13: 978-0872201323
- ASIN: 0872201325
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
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Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays (Hackett Classics) 9th Edition
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The translations are taken from Leibniz, Philosophical Essays, edited and translated by Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber (Hackett, 1989).
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Leibniz was an extremely extensive writer. I have read that there are over 75,000 different pieces of writing that are left over for editors to put out (which are still far from being published in anything near a definitive edition). However, if one is serious about studying Leibniz, it is best not to just go right at the Monadology and the Discourse. Much of Leibniz's earlier thought is just as important to read. It's hard to get your hands on a good English copy of Leibniz's work, but you can start with what Hackett gives you, and the Bennett translation of Leibniz's 'New Essays' and the Theodicy can also be found here on Amazon, along with some full volumes of some of his correspondence.
The LCA and it's Principle of Sufficient Reason has gained some momentum here in the 21st century as Alexander Pruss has revived the argument. It is important to have this in one's library as Leibniz speaks heavily on what he refers to as monads.
In his Preface to the New Essays section of this book you will see that Leibniz makes a critique on John Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". This piece alone is worth the price of the book.
Leibniz mentions Descartes quite often in this piece, while both of them were rationalists they had their disagreements on God's perfection.
This quote comes to mind on pg 74.
"Thus God alone (or the necessary being) has this privilege, that he must exist if he is possible. And since nothing can prevent the possibility of what is without limits, without negation, and consequently without contradiction, this by itself is sufficient for us to know the exist of God a priori. We have also proved this by the reality of the eternal truths. But we have also just proved it a posteriori since there are contingent beings, which can only have their final or sufficient reason in the necessary being, a being that has the reason of its existence in itself."
This is of my favorite quotes from any philosopher in the history of the Western world, in which I agree with completely.
A must read!!