The Science of Right in Leibniz s Moral and Political Philosophy

Studies of Gottfried Leibniz's moral and political philosophy typically focus on metaphysical perfection, happiness, or love. In this new reading of Leibniz, Christopher Johns shows that it is based on a 'science of right'.

The Science of Right in Leibniz s Moral and Political Philosophy

Studies of Gottfried Leibniz's moral and political philosophy typically focus on metaphysical perfection, happiness, or love. In this new reading of Leibniz, Christopher Johns shows that it is based on a 'science of right'. Based on the deontic concepts of jus (right) and obligation, this science of right is established in Leibniz's early writings on jurisprudence and depended on throughout several of his major late writings. Johns shows that the moral rightness of an action is grounded in the rights and obligations derived from the agent's capacity for freedom. This new interpretation of Leibniz's moral philosophy compares Leibniz's positions with Grotius, Pufendorf, Hobbes, Locke, and Kant. Providing a comprehensive examination of Leibniz's most important writings on natural right, John's argues that Leibniz, properly understood, provides a compelling account of the grounds of morality and of political institutions-an account relevant to present philosophical debates.

The Science of Right in Leibniz s Moral and Political Philosophy

27 A6.1.94: “Rights thus reduce to moral qualities, such that, as the natural act or movement is spread out in Space, the space being a certain moral State, in which a sort of moral motion is exercised.” See also Robinet (1994), p. 139.

The Science of Right in Leibniz s Moral and Political Philosophy

Studies of Gottfried Leibniz's moral and political philosophy typically focus on metaphysical perfection, happiness, or love. In this new reading of Leibniz, Christopher Johns shows that it is based on a 'science of right'. Based on the deontic concepts of jus (right) and obligation, this science of right is established in Leibniz's early writings on jurisprudence and depended on throughout several of his major late writings. Johns shows that the moral rightness of an action is grounded in the rights and obligations derived from the agent's capacity for freedom. This new interpretation of Leibniz's moral philosophy compares Leibniz's positions with Grotius, Pufendorf, Hobbes, Locke, and Kant. Providing a comprehensive examination of Leibniz's most important writings on natural right, John's argues that Leibniz, properly understood, provides a compelling account of the grounds of morality and of political institutions-an account relevant to present philosophical debates.

Tercentenary Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Leibniz

4 Moral Affairs Several of Leibniz's writings bear on moral questions, broadly understood.34 Many of his interests are ... Riley, Leibniz' Universal Jurisprudence; Johns, The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy.

Tercentenary Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Leibniz

This book presents new research into key areas of the work of German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Reflecting various aspects of Leibniz’s thought, this book offers a collection of original research arranged into four separate themes: Science, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Religion and Theology. With in-depth articles by experts such as Maria Rosa Antognazza, Nicholas Jolley, Agustín Echavarría, Richard Arthur and Paul Lodge, this book is an invaluable resource not only for readers just beginning to discover Leibniz, but also for scholars long familiar with his philosophy and eager to gain new perspectives on his work.

Space and Fates of International Law

Mathematizing Space, Trends in the History of Science (Berlin: Springer, 2015) 193–208 Johns, Christopher, The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2013) Kavka, Gregory S., 'Right Reason and ...

Space and Fates of International Law

The book offers the first analysis of the influence exercised by the concept of space on the emergence and continuing operation of international law. By adopting a historical perspective and analysing work of two central early modern thinkers – Leibniz and Hobbes – it offers a significant addition to a limited range of resources on early modern history of international law. The book traces links between concepts of space, universality, human cognition, law, and international law in these two early modern thinkers in a comparative fashion. Through this analysis, the book demonstrates the dependency of the contemporary international law on the Hobbesian concept of space. Although some Leibnizian elements continue to operate, they are distorted. This continuing operation of Leibnizian elements is explained by the inability of international law, which is based on the Hobbesian concept of space, to ensure universality of its normative foundation.

The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz

The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic. ... The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy. ... Saggio di questioni filosofiche estratte dalla giusrisprudenza e Dissertazione sui casi perplessi in diritto, A.

The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz

The extraordinary breadth and depth of Leibniz's intellectual vision commands ever increasing attention. As more texts gradually emerge from seemingly bottomless archives, new facets of his contribution to an astonishing variety of fields come to light. This volume provides a uniquely comprehensive, systematic, and up-to-date appraisal of Leibniz's thought thematically organized around its diverse but interrelated aspects. Discussion of his philosophical system naturally takes place of pride. A cluster of original essays revisit his logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of nature, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. The scope of the volume, however, goes beyond that of a philosophical collection to embrace all the main features of Leibniz's thought and activity. Contributions are offered on Leibniz as a mathematician (including not only his calculus but also determinant theory, symmetric functions, the dyadic, the analysis situs, probability and statistics); on Leibniz as a scientist (physics and also optics, cosmology, geology, physiology, medicine, and chemistry); on his technical innovations (the calculating machine and the technology of mining, as well as other discoveries); on his work as an 'intelligencer' and cultural networker, as jurist, historian, editor of sources and librarian; on his views on Europe's political future, religious toleration, and ecclesiastical reunification; on his proposals for political, administrative, economic, and social reform. In so doing, the volume serves as a unique cross-disciplinary point of contact for the many domains to which Leibniz contributed. By assembling leading specialists on all these topics, it offers the most rounded picture of Leibniz's endeavors currently available.

Leibniz s Legacy and Impact

... of right and obligation in Leibniz and Hobbes, on Leibniz and Pufendorf on moral self-governance and on Leibniz's deontic logic for the vir bonus. He is the author of The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy ...

Leibniz   s Legacy and Impact

This volume tells the story of the legacy and impact of the great German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Leibniz made significant contributions to many areas, including philosophy, mathematics, political and social theory, theology, and various sciences. The essays in this volume explores the effects of Leibniz’s profound insights on subsequent generations of thinkers by tracing the ways in which his ideas have been defended and developed in the three centuries since his death. Each of the 11 essays is concerned with Leibniz’s legacy and impact in a particular area, and between them they show not just the depth of Leibniz’s talents but also the extent to which he shaped the various domains to which he contributed, and in some cases continues to shape them today. With essays written by experts such as Nicholas Jolley, Pauline Phemister, and Philip Beeley, this volume is essential reading not just for students of Leibniz but also for those who wish to understand the game-changing impact made by one of history’s true universal geniuses.

Leibniz on the Problem of Evil

“Some Remarks on 'omne possibile exigit existere.'” Studia Leibnitiana (5/2). ... Jesseph, Douglas M. “Leibniz, Hobbes and Bramhall on Free Will and Divine Justice. ... The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy.

Leibniz on the Problem of Evil

Paul Rateau traces the genesis and development of G.W. Leibniz's treatment of the problem of evil, from his earliest writings through the Essays on Theodicy (1710). By investigating Leibniz's early thinking about what evil is and where it comes from, Rateau reveals the deeply original nature of Leibniz's later work and the challenges it raises. Rateau explores the ways in which the Theodicy's theoretical project, which integrates numerous disciplines and various argumentative strategies, informs and is influenced by two more practical aims-justifying the end of denominational divisions between Catholics and Protestants, and inculcating "true piety" in believers. By paying equal attention to both Leibniz's intellectual and personal development, Rateau offers a holistic view of Leibniz's most profound and sophisticated work of philosophy. Rateau shows how the young Leibniz moves from suggesting that the author of evil is God himself to later defending an original theory of necessitarianism (in The Confession of a Philosopher), which makes God the first link in the chain of beings that constitute the world, but which ultimately denies God's responsibility for sin. By examining Leibniz's theoretical development after 1673, he demonstrates how Leibniz comes to a revised framework that forms the basis for the project of theodicy. After having examined the defensive and the doctrinal aspects of the Theodicy, Rateau shows how human freedom can be reconciled with divine freedom in Leibniz's system. Newly translated from the original French edition, Rateau's book offers a novel and important new interpretation of Leibniz and will appeal to scholars both of Leibniz and of early modern thought generally.

A Companion to Intellectual History

Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty. Moral Right and State Authority in Early Modern Political Thought. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Johns, Christopher. 2013. The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy.

A Companion to Intellectual History

A Companion to Intellectual History provides an in-depth survey of the practice of intellectual history as a discipline. Forty newly-commissioned chapters showcase leading global research with broad coverage of every aspect of intellectual history as it is currently practiced. Presents an in-depth survey of recent research and practice of intellectual history Written in a clear and accessible manner, designed for an international audience Surveys the various methodologies that have arisen and the main historiographical debates that concern intellectual historians Pays special attention to contemporary controversies, providing readers with the most current overview of the field Demonstrates the ways in which intellectual historians have contributed to the history of science and medicine, literary studies, art history and the history of political thought Named Outstanding Academic Title of 2016 by Choice Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association

Leibniz on God and Religion

... edited by Neil A. Manson and Robert W. Barnard Leibniz: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Franklin Perkins The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy, by Christopher Johns Leibniz on God and Religion A Reader ...

Leibniz on God and Religion

Bringing together Leibniz's writings on God and religion for the very first time, Leibniz on God and Religion: A Reader reflects the growing importance now placed on Leibniz's philosophical theology. This reader features a wealth of material, from journal articles and book reviews published in Leibniz's lifetime to private notes and essays, as well as items from his correspondence. Organised thematically into the following sections, this reader captures the changes in Leibniz's thinking over the course of his career: The Catholic Demonstrations The existence and nature of God Reason and faith Ethics and the love of God The Bible Miracles and mysteries The churches and their doctrines Grace and predestination Sin, evil, and theodicy The afterlife Non-Christian religions In preparing this reader, Strickland has returned to Leibniz's original manuscripts to ensure accurate translations of key texts, the majority of which have not been available in English before. The reader also contains a number of texts previously unpublished in any form. Alongside the translations, this reader contains an introductory essay, explanatory notes on all of the texts, and suggestions for further reading. This valuable sourcebook enables students of all levels to achieve a well-rounded understanding of Leibniz's philosophical theology.

Mit Fichte philosophieren

On the one hand, Christopher Johns has underlined the previously under-acknowledged deontological aspects in Leibniz's thought, and has directed ... 4 Johns, Christopher: The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy.

Mit Fichte philosophieren

Dieser Band ist in vier Teile gegliedert, die dem theoretischen, praktischen und politischen Gedanken des Philosophen gewidmet sind. Diesen folgen im vierten Teil Beiträge, die Fichtes philosophische Ansätze in den Dialog mit gegenwärtigen Autoren und Fragen der Philosophie bringen.

Conceptions of Justice from Islam to the Present

“The Love of a Sage or the Command of a Superior: The Natural Law Doctrines of Leibniz and Pufendorf,” in Early ... Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. ... The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy.

Conceptions of Justice from Islam to the Present

This book explains a perspective on the system of justice that emerges in Islam if rules are followed and how the Islamic system is differentiated from the conventional thinking on justice. It examines conceptions of justice from the Enlightenment to Bentham to Rawls to contemporary philosophers including Sen, Cohen, Nussbaum, and Pogge. The authors present the views of twentieth century Muslim thinkers on justice who see Muslims upholding rituals but not living according to Qur’anic rules. It provides empirical surveys of the current state of justice in Muslim countries analyzing the economic, social, and political state of affairs. The authors conclude by assessing the state of justice-injustice in Muslim countries and highlighting areas in need of attention for justice to prevail.

Leibniz s Discourse on Metaphysics A New Translation and Commentary

A fresh translation and in-depth commentary of Leibniz's seminal text Discourse on Metaphysics

Leibniz s Discourse on Metaphysics  A New Translation and Commentary

A fresh translation and in-depth commentary of Leibniz's seminal text Discourse on Metaphysics

Hegel s Civic Republicanism

Political Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2013, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: 19 July; http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/49352-the-science-of-right-in-leibniz-s-moral-and-politicalphilosophy/. Ryan, John A., 1922. Distributive Justice: The Right and ...

Hegel   s Civic Republicanism

In this book, Westphal offers an original interpretation of Hegel’s moral philosophy. Building on his previous study of the role of natural law in Hume’s and Kant’s accounts of justice, Westphal argues that Hegel developed and justified a robust form of civic republicanism. Westphal identifies, for the first time, the proper genre to which Hegel’s Philosophical Outlines of Justice belongs and to which it so prodigiously contributes, which he calls Natural Law Constructivism, an approach developed by Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel. He brings to bear Hegel’s adoption and augmentation of Kant’s Critique of rational judgment and justification in all non-formal domains to his moral philosophy in his Outlines. Westphal argues that Hegel’s justification for the standards of political legitimacy successfully integrates Rousseau’s Independence Requirement into the role of public reason within a constitutional republic. In these regards, Hegel’s moral and political principles are progressive not only in principle, but also in practice. Hegel’s Civic Republicanism will be of interest to scholars of moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, Hegel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy.

Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity

... Christopher Norris Rousseau and Radical Democracy, Kevin Inston The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction, Jukka Mikkonen The Dialectics of Aesthetic Agency, Ayon Maharaj The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political ...

Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity

Typically, the first decade of Friedrich Nietzsche's career is considered a sort of précis to his mature thinking. Yet his philological articles, lectures, and notebooks on Ancient Greek culture and thought - much of which has received insufficient scholarly attention - were never intended to serve as a preparatory ground to future thought. Nietzsche's early scholarship was intended to express his insights into the character of antiquity. Many of those insights are not only important for better understanding Nietzsche; they remain vital for understanding antiquity today. Interdisciplinary in scope and international in perspective, this volume investigates Nietzsche as a scholar of antiquity, offering the first thorough examination of his articles, lectures, notebooks on Ancient Greek culture and thought in English. With eleven original chapters by some of the leading Nietzsche scholars and classicists from around the world and with reproductions of two definitive essays, this book analyzes Nietzsche's scholarly methods and aims, his understanding of antiquity, and his influence on the history of classical studies.

The Impact of Academic Research

on Character Formation, Ethical Education, and the Communication of Values in Late Modern Pluralistic Societies William ... in Christopher Johns, The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, ...

The Impact of Academic Research

This volume addresses whether, how, and where academic research has an impact on ethical education, character formation, and the communication of values in late modern pluralistic societies. It reflects the great impacts of a global network of research universities, with the enormous range from the natural sciences to mathematics, historical and theological investigations. It offers praises of the institutionalized impact of the search for truth and the defense of tested truth-claims, but also skeptical voices with respect to the ethical impact of academic research today. With contributions by Stefan Alkier (Frankfurt), Rüdiger Bittner (Bielefeld), Celia Deane-Drummond (Oxford), Bernold Fiedler (Berlin), Andreas Glaeser (Chicago), Gary Hauck (Atlanta), Jörg Hüfner (Heidelberg), Michael Kirschfink (Heidelberg), Andreas Schüle (Leipzig), William Schweiker (Chicago), Michael Welker (Heidelberg), and John Witte, Jr. (Atlanta). [Der Einfluss der akademischen Forschung auf Charakterbildung, ethische Erziehung und Kommunikation von Werten in spätmodernen pluralistischen Gesellschaften] Dieser Band befasst sich mit der Frage, ob, wie und wo akademische Forschung Auswirkungen auf die ethische Bildung, die Charakterbildung und die Kommunikation von Werten in spätmodernen pluralistischen Gesellschaften hat. Es spiegelt die großen Auswirkungen eines globalen Netzwerks von Forschungsuniversitäten wider, mit einem enormen Spektrum von Naturwissenschaften über Mathematik bis hin zu historischen und theologischen Untersuchungen. Es lobt die institutionalisierten Auswirkungen der Suche nach der Wahrheit und die Verteidigung geprüfter Wahrheitsansprüche, aber auch skeptische Stimmen in Bezug auf die ethischen Auswirkungen der heutigen akademischen Forschung.

The Allure of Things Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy

Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy presents cutting-edge scholarship in all the major areas of ... The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy, Christopher Johns The Science, Politics, ...

The Allure of Things  Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy

The Allure of Things: Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy contests the view that metaphysics is something to be overcome. By focusing on process and object oriented ontology (OOO) and rejecting the privileging of human existence over the existence of non-human objects, this collection explores philosophy's concern with things themselves. Interest in Latour, Stengers, Whitehead, Harman and Meillassoux has prompted a resurgence of ontological questions outside the traditional subject-object framework of modern critical thought. This new collection consequently proposes a pragmatic and pluralist approach to 'modes of existence'. Drawing together an international range of leading scholars, The Allure of Things fully covers the similarities between OOO and process philosophy, and is an essential addition to the literature on metaphysics.

A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence

Leibniz was a “perfectionist” in ethics, law and politics as well as in metaphysics and theology: he took over and refined the Alsemian argument that a perfect being exists necessarily (Leibniz, Discours de métaphysique, in Akademie VI, ...

A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence

TO VOLUMES 9 AND 10 OF THE TREATISE I am happy to present here the third batch of volumes for the Treatise project: This is the batch consisting of Volumes 9 and 10, namely, A History of the P- losophy of Law in the Civil Law World, 1600–1900, edited by Damiano Canale, Paolo Grossi, and Hasso Hofmann, and The Philosophers’ Philosophy of Law from the Seventeenth Century to Our Days, by Patrick Riley. Three v- umes will follow: Two are devoted to the philosophy of law in the 20th c- tury, and the third one will be the index for the entire Treatise, which will 1 therefore ultimately comprise thirteen volumes. This Volume 9 runs parallel to Volume 8, A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World, 1600–1900, by Michael Lobban, published in 2007. Volume 10, for its part, takes up where Volume 6 left off: which appeared under the title A History of the Philosophy of Law from the Ancient Greeks to the Scholastics (edited by Fred Miller Jr. in association with Carrie-Ann Biondi, likewise published in 2007), and which is mainly a history of the p- losophers’ philosophy of law (let us refer to this philosophy as A).

The Gift of Science

Indeed, Leibniz's legal thought emerges from his all-encompassing understanding of law (ius) as the right and rational ... to “relate [Leibniz's] central moral and political ideas to the structural principles of his first philosophy.

The Gift of Science

Moving from the scientific revolution to the nineteenth-century rise of legal codes, Berkowitz tells the story of how lawyers and philosophers invented legal science to preserve law's claim to moral authority. The "gift" of science, however, proved bittersweet. Instead of strengthening the bond between law and justice, the subordination of law to science transformed law from an ethical order into a tool for social and economic ends.

Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought

Among Leibniz's occasional writings in the Mainz period, it was the Specimen Polonorum that established the links between practical politics and theoretical research into ethics and metaphysics. Its main outcome, the emphasis on ...

Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought


Handbook of Human Rights

Daniel A. Bell is Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University (Beijing). ... Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, offers a genealogy of positive law through the history of science.

Handbook of Human Rights

In mapping out the field of human rights for those studying and researching within both humanities and social science disciplines, the Handbook of Human Rights not only provides a solid foundation for the reader who wants to learn the basic parameters of the field, but also promotes new thinking and frameworks for the study of human rights in the twenty-first century. The Handbook comprises over sixty individual contributions from key figures around the world, which are grouped according to eight key areas of discussion: foundations and critiques; new frameworks for understanding human rights; world religious traditions and human rights; social, economic, group, and collective rights; critical perspectives on human rights organizations, institutions, and practices; law and human rights; narrative and aesthetic dimension of rights; geographies of rights. In its presentation and analysis of the traditional core history and topics, critical perspectives, human rights culture, and current practice, this Handbook proves a valuable resource for all students and researchers with an interest in human rights.