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A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz*

By Bertrand Russell


Front Matter (1937 preface), (1900 preface), (detailed contents)

Chapter 1 Leibniz’s Premisses

Chapter 2 Necessary Propositions and the Law of Contradiction

Chapter 3 Contingent Propositions and the Law of Sufficient Reason

Chapter 4 The Conception of Substance

Chapter 5 The Identity of Indiscernibles and The Law of Continuity

Chapter 6 Why Did Leibniz Believe in an External World?

The Philosophy of Matter:

        Chapter 7 (a) as the Outcome of the Principles of Dynamics

        Chapter 8 (b) as Explaining Continuity and Extension

Chapter 9 The Labyrinth of the Continuum

Chapter 10 The Theory of Space and Time and Its Relation to Monadism

Chapter 11 The Nature of Monads in General

Chapter 12 Soul and Body

Chapter 13 Confused and Unconscious Perception

Chapter 14 Leibniz’s Theory of Knowledge

Chapter 15 Proofs of the Existence of God

Chapter 16 Leibniz’s Ethics

Appendix Extracts from Leibniz, Classified According to Subjects

Index to the Appendix

General Index

* Bertrand Russell, A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1900)