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Cook, Brandon. (2013) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from

Title Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Resource Type book
Author(s) Brandon Cook
Year 2013
Publisher Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) was one of the great thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is known as the last “universal genius”. He made deep and important contributions to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, as well as mathematics, physics, geology, jurisprudence, and history. The aim of this entry is primarily to introduce Leibniz's life and summarize and explicate his views in the realms of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophical theology.