- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 13 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415283388
- ISBN-13: 978-0415283380
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Customer Reviews: 6 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,753,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Leibniz Paperback – June 13 2005
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'Nicholas Jolley's Leibniz is an excellent volume in the new Routledge Philosophers series. High marks are in order for its clarity, accessibility and acumen, as well as for the pace and style of its prose...a serious, freestanding study of the philosopher for the non-specialist and a stimulating, enjoyable read for the specialist--in a word, recommended reading. And highly recommended at that.' - Samuel Levey, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
'...full, thoughtful, lucid and interesting, and it can be recommended without hesitation both to those who are new to Leibniz's philosophy and to those who are well acquainted with it. ' G.H.R Parkinson, British Journal for the History of Philosophy
'Jolley has done a fabulous job, and the result is perfectly suited for its intended purpose and audience. The work is very clearly written; the organization is excellent; and the coverage comprehensive. The needs of students and beginners are indeed well-served here, but the result is not bland.' - Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts
'The best introduction available.' - Glenn Hartz, Ohio State University
'Reading this gave me great pleasure - it is interesting, illuminating, systematic, thorough and above all pleasantly, smoothly and accessibly written. A splendid book.' - Roger Woolhouse, University of York, UK
'An excellent work. It will clearly establish itself as the best introduction to the thought of Leibniz, and I would recommend it to students wrestling with this difficult philosopher for the first time.' - Brandon C. Look, University of Kentucky
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After an introduction and a chapter on Leibniz's life and works, Jolley confronts the most difficult problems in understanding Leibniz head on, with a chapter on his "metaphysics of substances" and then a chapter on his "theory of monads". Jolley uses the "mirrors of God" metaphor as a basis for elucidating particular doctrines that Leibniz espouses and also shows various difficulties of interpretation. The work is not long-winded, but concise, up to date, and extremely informative. Each chapter ends with a summary of its contents, which will be useful to the student.
Leibniz's influence will no-doubt grow in coming years, partly as a result of this work, which received rave reviews from Leibniz experts. This book should have a place in anyone's philosophical library.
For some reason the Hard Bound edition always comes up when one does a search for this book. At $100, it is rather pricey. The paperback is also available on this site for about $25, and can be found by clicking the link at the top of this review.
I also recommend: The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz and G.W. Leibniz: Philosophical Essays.