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Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light

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Unlike other early modern thinkers, Leibniz had a lifelong interest in learning from China, developing and promoting a progressive vision of cultural exchange. In this highly original book, Franklin Perkins examines Leibniz's engagement with China and its roots in his philosophy. Why was Leibniz so fascinated by Chinese philosophy and culture? What specific forms did his interest take? How did his interest compare with the relative indifference of his philosophical contemporaries and near-contemporaries such as Spinoza and Locke? In this highly original book, Franklin Perkins examines Leibniz's voluminous writings on the subject and suggests that his interest was founded in his own philosophy: the nature of his metaphysical and theological views required him to take Chinese thought seriously. Leibniz was unusual in holding enlightened views about the intellectual profitability of cultural exchange, and in a broad-ranging discussion Perkins charts these views, their historical context, and their social and philosophical ramifications. The result is an illuminating philosophical study which also raises wider questions about the perils and rewards of trying to understand and learn from a different culture.

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Author(s):
Franklin Perkins
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521830249
ISBN-13:
9780521830249
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light

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Unlike other early modern thinkers, Leibniz had a lifelong interest in learning from China, developing and promoting a progressive vision of cultural exchange. In this highly original book, Franklin Perkins examines Leibniz's engagement with China and its roots in his philosophy. Why was Leibniz so fascinated by Chinese philosophy and culture? What specific forms did his interest take? How did his interest compare with the relative indifference of his philosophical contemporaries and near-contemporaries such as Spinoza and Locke? In this highly original book, Franklin Perkins examines Leibniz's voluminous writings on the subject and suggests that his interest was founded in his own philosophy: the nature of his metaphysical and theological views required him to take Chinese thought seriously. Leibniz was unusual in holding enlightened views about the intellectual profitability of cultural exchange, and in a broad-ranging discussion Perkins charts these views, their historical context, and their social and philosophical ramifications. The result is an illuminating philosophical study which also raises wider questions about the perils and rewards of trying to understand and learn from a different culture.

Author(s):
Franklin Perkins
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521830249
ISBN-13:
9780521830249
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light

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