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Life and Works

Benson Mates

in The Philosophy of Leibniz

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195059468.003.0002
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A summary account of Leibniz's life, with special attention to the aspects and episodes that throw light upon his intellectual qualities and the difficult circumstances in which he had to work. Although he is known principally as a philosopher (“this is the best of all possible worlds”) and as a mathematician (coinventor of the differential and integral calculus), the remarkable scope of his intellectual activity and attainments amply justifies his characterization as a polymath, polyhistor, or universal genius.

Keywords: calculus; history of philosophy; Leibniz

Chapter.  11797 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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