This volume tells the story of the legacy and impact of the great German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Leibniz made significant contributions to many areas, including philosophy, mathematics, political and social theory, theology, and various sciences. The essays in this volume explores the effects of Leibniz’s profound insights on subsequent generations of thinkers by tracing the ways in which his ideas have been defended and developed in the three centuries since his death. Each of the 11 essays is concerned with Leibniz’s legacy and impact in a particular area, and between them they show not just the depth of Leibniz’s talents but also the extent to which he shaped the various domains to which he contributed, and in some cases continues to shape them today. With essays written by experts such as Nicholas Jolley, Pauline Phemister, and Philip Beeley, this volume is essential reading not just for students of Leibniz but also for those who wish to understand the game-changing impact made by one of history’s true universal geniuses.
"A fine collection of original essays by leading Leibniz scholars on the impact of his thought in areas as diverse as legal theory, evolution, mathematics, environmental philosophy, computing, and the social sciences." —Richard Arthur, McMaster University, Canada
Making Waves: Leibniz’s Legacy and Impact
Lloyd Strickland and Julia Weckend
Part I: Early Receptions
Part II: Legacy in Science and Metaphysics
Part III: Impact in Law, Political Thought and Ecology