Leibniz: What Kind of Rationalist?

  • Marcelo Dascal

Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and The Unity Of Science book series (LEUS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marcelo Dascal
      Pages 1-13
  3. Reinterpreting Leibniz’s Rationalism?

  4. Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  5. Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Andreas Blank
      Pages 155-166
    3. Emily Rolfe Grosholz
      Pages 167-182
    4. Marta de Mendonça
      Pages 183-197
    5. Cristina Marras
      Pages 199-212
  6. Law

  7. Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Noa Naaman Zauderer
      Pages 315-327
    3. Martine de Gaudemar
      Pages 343-354
  8. Decision Making

  9. Religion and Theology

  10. The Metaphysics of Rationality

  11. Back Matter
    Pages 511-532

About this book


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was an outstanding contributor to many fields of human knowledge. The historiography of philosophy has tagged him as a “rationalist”. But what does this exactly mean? Is he a “rationalist” in the same sense in Mathematics and Politics, in Physics and Jurisprudence, in Metaphysics and Theology, in Logic and Linguistics, in Technology and Medicine, in Epistemology and Ethics? What are the most significant features of his “rationalism”, whatever it is?

For the first time an outstanding group of Leibniz researchers, some acknowledged as leading scholars, others in the beginning of a promising career, who specialize in the most significant areas of Leibniz’s contributions to human thought and action, were requested to spell out the nature of his rationalism in each of these areas, with a view to provide a comprehensive picture of what it amounts to, both in its general drive and in its specific features and eventual inner tensions.

The chapters of the book are the result of intense discussion in the course of an international conference focused on the title question of this book, and were selected in view of their contribution to this topic. They are clustered in thematically organized parts. No effort has been made to hide the controversies underlying the different interpretations of Leibniz’s “rationalism” – in each particular domain and as a whole. On the contrary, the editor firmly believes that only through a variety of conflicting interpretive perspectives can the multi-faceted nature of an oeuvre of such a magnitude and variety as Leibniz’s be brought to light and understood as it deserves.


Epistemology History of Mathematics History of Philosophy History of Science Immanuel Kant Kant Law Leibniz Rationality Religion ethics logic morality theology will

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcelo Dascal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTel Aviv UniversityIsrael

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