Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography

Cambridge University Press, 06.10.2008
Of all the thinkers of the century of genius that inaugurated modern philosophy, none lived an intellectual life more rich and varied than Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716). Maria Rosa Antognazza's pioneering biography provides a unified portrait of this unique thinker and the world from which he came. At the centre of the huge range of Leibniz's apparently miscellaneous endeavours, Antognazza reveals a single master project lending unity to his extraordinarily multifaceted life's work. Throughout the vicissitudes of his long life, Leibniz tenaciously pursued the dream of a systematic reform and advancement of all the sciences. As well as tracing the threads of continuity that bound these theoretical and practical activities to this all-embracing plan, this illuminating study also traces these threads back into the intellectual traditions of the Holy Roman Empire in which Leibniz lived and throughout the broader intellectual networks that linked him to patrons in countries as distant as Russia and to correspondents as far afield as China.

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Chronological Table
Background Childhood
The Last YearinParis October 1675October
Back to Germany via London and Holland
Dreams and Reality 16761716 4 A Universal Genius as Librarian Historian and Mining
Southern Germany Austria and ItalyNovember 1687June 1690
Hanover and Berlin
Hanover BerlinWolfenbüttel Vienna February 1705September 1714
Last Years in Hanover September 1714 November 1716
Inclinata Resurget

Vienna May 1688February 1689

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Über den Autor (2008)

Maria Rosa Antognazza is Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. She is the author of Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation: Reason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century and has contributed to The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy.

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