Allgemeiner Politischer und Historischer Briefwechsel, Fünfzehnter Band

The Leibniz Review 9:65-85 (1999)

Patrick Thomas Riley
Harvard University
The publication of the fifteenth volume of Leibniz’ “General Political and Historical Correspondence,” covering the period January to September 1698, does not revolutionize our view of Leibniz’ practical philosophy. But it does throw valuable light on his moral, political, jurisprudential and religious thought in general, and on two extremely important works in particular: the Novissima Sinica, which Leibniz had published in 1697 and was about to revise and re-publish in 1699, and the Unvorgreiffliches Bedencken, which he began in 1698 with his friend the Lutheran Abbot Gerhard Molanus as part of his irenical project of healing the “schism” between Evangelicals and the Reformed. For Leibniz’ moral-political thought it is the letters concerning these two works—and there are many of them in “Correspondence Vol. 15”—which matter most, even if other letters, to be mentioned briefly at the end of this review, throw further light on additional Leibnizian practical concerns.
Keywords History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers
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ISBN(s) 1524-1556
DOI 10.5840/leibniz199991
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