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Leibniz and China
A Commerce of Light

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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521048224

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  • Why was Leibniz so fascinated by Chinese philosophy and culture? What specific forms did his interest take, and how did it compare with the relative indifference of his philosophical contemporaries and others such as Spinoza and Locke? Franklin Perkins examines Leibniz's voluminous writings on the subject and suggests that his interest originated within his own philosophy since the nature of his metaphysical and theological views required him to take Chinese thought seriously.

    • Most comprehensive survey of Leibniz's writings on China
    • Integrates Leibniz's writings on China with his philosophy
    • Places these writings in the context of early modern thought and concern with other cultures, and the origins of colonialism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a carefully researched, closely argued, and clearly written work which offers a number of insights into the metaphysics and theology of Leibniz, especially as they are evidenced in his critiques of Chinese thought. Perkins has made a major contribution both to Leibniz studies and to comparative philosophy." Henry Rosemont, Trinity University, San Antonio

    "Perkin's book is not just good and informative, but also pathbreaking" - Justin E. H. Smith, Concordia University

    "The book is an excellent and timely resource foe anyone involved in the pursuit of philosophical wisdom in the context of world community."
    Robin R. Wang, Philosophy East and West

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521048224
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. Europe encounters the world
    2. Order and diversity in Leibniz's metaphysics
    3. Exchange with China
    4. Interpreting China
    5. Leibniz and cultural exchange

  • Author

    Franklin Perkins, DePaul University, Chicago
    Franklin Perkins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago. He has published in early modern European philosophy, early Chinese philosophy, and comparative philosophy, with articles appearing in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and the Leibniz Review.

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