By Maria Rosa Antognazza
Of the entire thinkers of the century of genius that inaugurated smooth philosophy, none lived an highbrow lifestyles extra wealthy and sundry than Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). knowledgeable as a jurist and hired as a counsellor, librarian, and historian, he made well-known contributions to good judgment, arithmetic, physics, and metaphysics, but considered his personal aspirations as eventually moral and theological, and married those theoretical matters with politics, international relations, and an both vast variety of functional reforms: juridical, financial, administrative, technological, scientific, and ecclesiastical. Maria Rosa Antognazza's pioneering biography not just surveys the total breadth and intensity of those theoretical pursuits and sensible actions, it additionally weaves them jointly for the 1st time right into a unified portrait of this distinctive philosopher and the realm from which he got here. on the centre of the massive diversity of Leibniz's it appears miscellaneous endeavours, Antognazza unearths a unmarried grasp undertaking lending cohesion to his terribly multifaceted life's paintings. during the vicissitudes of his lengthy lifestyles, Leibniz tenaciously pursued the dream of a scientific reform and development of the entire sciences, to be undertaken as a collaborative company supported via an enlightened ruler; those theoretical ambitions have been in flip eventually grounded in a pragmatic target: the advance of the human and thereby the occasion of the consideration of God in His production. in addition to tracing the threads of continuity that certain those theoretical and sensible actions to this all-embracing plan, this illuminating research additionally lines those threads again into the highbrow traditions of the Holy Roman Empire during which Leibniz lived and through the broader highbrow networks that associated him to buyers in nations as far-off as Russia and to correspondents as a ways afield as China.