Leibniz: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Leibniz in just one hour.
Leibniz was the first great German philosopher to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist - they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist and only God is able to see things as they truly are - from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite of ultimate objects that make up the world ('monads') are not material: they are metaphysical and thus not subject to the laws of cause and effect. Their apparent interaction is the result of a 'pre-established' harmony that is part of God's creation.
Here is a concise, expert account of Leibniz's life and philosophical ideas that is entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Leibniz's work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Leibniz in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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A wild rollercoaster ride of a life dedicated to making sense of chaos

Warm, witty and lively, the crisp narration of this whistle-stop express through the career of the iconic system-builder's system-builder succeeds in what to me might have otherwise seemed impossible: making Leibnitz's labyrinthine complexity not just make sense, but occasionlly even making me laugh out loud. An audio book that sets a high standard.
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- Peter Friedman

Very Interesting

What made the experience of listening to Leibniz: Philosophy in an Hour the most enjoyable?

The format was good with a nice max of history about the man and about his philosophy, it was short and to the point (which I guess is the point of the series). The narrator was pretty good, not too slow and not too fast. I will be checking out other books in the series.


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- Phil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-06-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited