The Leibniz-des Bosses Correspondence Brandon C. Look, Donald Rutherford, Brandon C. Look, Donald Rutherford, Brandon C. Look, Donald Rutherford

Yale Leibniz
Publication date:
14 Sep 2007
608 pages: 234 x 156 x 39mm
2 figures

Buy this eBook

Yale eBooks are available in a variety of formats, including Kindle, ePub and ePDF. You can purchase this title from a number of online retailers (see below).

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 71 of Leibniz's and Des Bosses' 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 analysing the main philosophical issues.

Brandon C. Look is associate professor of philosophy, University of Kentucky. Donald Rutherford is professor 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--Richard T. W. Arthur