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Discourse on Metaphysics

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Leibniz (1646 - 1716) was a true polymath and has been called the most comprehensive thinker since Aristotle. In these two great works by the founder of modern German speculative philosophy, the reader is introduced to Leibniz's matephysics, including his conception of physical substance, the motion and resistance of bodies, and the role of the divine within the dynamic un ...more
Published November 1st 1992 by Prometheus Books (first published 1686)
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مراجعة كتاب “ مقالة في الميتافيزيقيا” للفيلسوف الألماني لايبنتز

هذا الكتاب هو أول كتاب أقرأه لـــ لا يبنتز ، هذا الفيلسوف الألماني من هانوفر و الذي عاش ما بين - ، هو صاحب نتاجات كثيرة و عميقة أغلبها قرر ألا ينشرها في حياته و قد تم اكتشاف خمسة عشر ألف مخطوطة له في مكتبة هانوفر ، لذلك فله مقولة يقول فيها أن “ من لا يعرفني إلا بأعمالي المنشورة لا يعرفني معرفة كافية” و ذلك لما ذكرت لأن أعماله التي نشرت في حياته قليلة جداً مقارنةً بما أودعه لدى مكتبة هانوفر لينشر بعد موته ، و من ضمنها هذا الكتاب الحال
Mar 23, 2016 Brandt rated it did not like it

Employing the principle of charity, I will initiate a review of this book with as little criticism as practicable. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is a significant figure, not for philosophy per se, but for originating Mathematical Logic – so, I guess philosophy – and the ideas of kinetic energy, and Calculus. Of course, you can debate the whole Newton vs. Leibniz hokum somewhere else! All of these accomplishments are astounding; therefore, I opine that Leibniz should be remembered for all the precedi

David Balfour
Nov 25, 2014 David Balfour rated it it was ok
Pretty terrible. He appeals not to rationality, but to how awesome he thinks God must be. He argues, for instance, that memory must live on after death because God is perfect and it would be *bad* if memory didn't live on after death.
Don Incognito
May 27, 2014 Don Incognito rated it it was ok
So speculative; and I can't say it had any influence or practical import whatsoever on my life or how I think. Interesting ideas; nothing more.
Nick Bond
Mar 14, 2015 Nick Bond rated it liked it
Leibniz has some interesting insights, but unlike some of his contemporaries (e.g. Spinoza), he chooses not to challenge the traditional interpretation of Christianity. As a result, his views on some things (like the meaning of life) seem a bit over-simplistic.
Matthew Ciaramella
Jan 30, 2014 Matthew Ciaramella rated it really liked it
It get a bonus star to come to four because it was one of the clearest philosophy translations I have ever had.
Oct 23, 2014 Diego rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a good speech, with some interesting thoughts, however, I dislike that the base of all the Leibniz's philosophical work is the believe of god and the bible, the goodness of the men, unfortunately the good nature is not in human.
How can such a brilliant mathematician be such an idiot otherwise?
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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (/ˈlaɪbnɪts/; German: [ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈlaɪbnɪts] or [ˈlaɪpnɪts]; July 1, 1646 – November 14, 1716) was a German polymath and philosopher.

He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz developed calculus independently of Isaac Newton, and Leibniz's notation has been widely used ever since
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