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Leibniz: Political Writings

Leibniz: Political Writings

2nd Edition



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: November 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521358996

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  • Leibniz's political and ethical writing long has been neglected, and with this new edition Professor Riley makes available the most representative pieces from Leibniz's political theory. This new edition, specially prepared for this series, is the first to make a considerable number of Leibniz's writings available in English, and includes three previously unpublished manuscripts, a selection of political letters, an introduction, notes, and a critical biography.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521358996
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prefae to the second edition
    Part I. On Justice and Natural Law:
    1. Meditation on the common concept of justice (c. 1702–3)
    2. Opinion on the principles of Pufendorf (1706)
    Part II. On Social Life, Enlightenment and the Rule of Princes:
    3. On natural law
    4. Notes on social life
    5. Felicity (c. 1694–8?)
    6. Portrait of the prince (1679)
    7. Memoir for enlightened persons of good intention (mid-1690s)
    Part IIII. On State-Sovereignty and Hobbesian Ideas:
    8. Caesarinus Fürstenerius (De Suprematu Principium Germaniae) (1677)
    Part IV. On the Defense of Hapsburg Europe against France:
    9. Mars Christianissumus (most Christian war-god) (1683)
    10. Manifesto for the defense of the Rights of Charles III (1703)
    Part V. On International Relations and International Law:
    11. Codex Iuris Gentium (Prefatio) (1693)
    12. On the works of the Abbé de St Pierre (1715), observations on the Abbé's Project for Perpetual Peace (1715), Letter II to Grimarest (1712)
    Part VI. Political Letters:
    13. Excerpts from letters to Landgraf Ernst of Hesse-Rheinfels , Bousset and Thomas Burnett, two letters to Landgraf Ernst of Hesse-Rheinfels (1683–91), two letters to Bousset concerning the reunification of Christendom (1692–9), three letters to Thomas Burnett (1699–1712)
    14. Judgement of the works of the Earl of Shaftesbury (1712)
    Part VII. Sovereignty and Dignity: Unpublished Manuscripts, 1695–1714:
    15. An unpublished manuscript of Leibniz on the allegiance due to sovereign powers (1695)
    16. Leibniz' unpublished remarks on Abbé Bucquoi: divinity and sovereignty (1711)
    17. An unpublished lecture by Leibniz on the Greeks as founders of rational theology: its relation to his 'Universal Jurisprudence' (1714)
    Critical Bibliography

  • Author

    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


    Patrick Riley

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