Bertrand Russell (essay date 1900)
SOURCE: "Leibniz's Premisses" and "Leibniz's Theory of Knowledge," in A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz, Cambridge at the University Press, 1900, pp. 1-7, 160-71.
[In the excerpts below, Russell comments on Leibniz's influences, the major tenets of his philosophy, and his ideas on knowledge. Russell contends that Leibniz's philosophy was an "unusually complete and coherent system."]
The philosophy of Leibniz, though never presented to the world as a systematic whole, was nevertheless, as a careful examination shows, an unusually complete and coherent system. As the method of studying his views must be largely dependent upon his method of presenting...
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