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    Given Leibniz’ admiration for Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique, which he called “le plus beau des dictionnaires” in the Nouveaux essais, and given that Bayle’s skeptical worries provided the occasion for the writing of the Theodicée, it is appropriate to consider in the The Leibniz Review the first English-language version of those articles from Bayle’s Dictionnaire which are most important for political and moral philosophy. For it is a superb version, edited by the most knowledgeabl…Read more
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    Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Vierte Reihe, Politische Schriften (review)
    The Leibniz Review 14 65-88. 2004.
    The latest volume of Leibniz’ Politische Schriften, in the great Akademie-Ausgabe of the Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, reveals the astonishing range of Leibniz’ political-moral-legal-religious-scientific-cultural concerns: if the first, largest and most important section of this new fifth volume deals with justice and law, that is only to be expected, since Leibniz’ doctoral degree was in law and jurisprudence, and since he served as jurisconsult and “intimate counsellor of justice” to an ever…Read more
  • Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Reihe IV, Politische Schriften (review)
    The Leibniz Review 17 193-226. 2007.
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    The latest volume of Leibniz’s “General Political and Historical Correspondence” in the great Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Edition, covering the period May to December 1699, contains a number of letters bearing on Leibniz’s central practical idea—that “universal” justice, rightly conceived, is a positive, other-aiding caritas sapientis seu benevolentia universalis ; that such justice “contains” or encloses all of the moral virtues; and that it relates to “the common good” or “the perfection of the…Read more
  • 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 Unvorgreif…Read more
  • Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Vierte Reihe , Band 4 (review)
    The Leibniz Review 11 35-49. 2001.
    The latest volume of Political Writings in the great Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Edition of Leibniz’ Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe reveals once again the astonishing range of Leibniz’ contributions to the political-moral-legal sphere: more than 900 pages document Leibniz’ reflections on augmenting public well-being through new academies of science, on the policies of the Imperial court in Vienna, on the improvement of Imperial finances and military readiness, on the political history of Sachsen-…Read more
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    Presents an historical analysis of social contract theory by considering the works of prominent philosophers.
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    The "Place" of Politics in Kant's Practical Philosophy
    Proceedings of the Sixth International Kant Congress 2 (2): 267-278. 1989.
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    Politics Homage to Morality
    Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress 1 231-242. 1995.
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    L’Angelologia Leibniziana
    The Leibniz Review 20 81-83. 2010.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2001.
    Universally regarded as the greatest French political theorist and philosopher of education of the Enlightenment, and probably the greatest French social theorist tout court, Rousseau was an important forerunner of the French Revolution, though his thought was too nuanced and subtle ever to serve as mere ideology. This 2001 volume systematically surveys the full range of Rousseau's activities in politics and education, psychology, anthropology, religion, music and theater.
  • Treatise on Nature and Grace (edited book)
    Clarendon Press. 1992.
    A scholarly edition of Nicolas Malebranche's Treatise on Nature and Grace by Patrick Riley. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
  • Leibniz On Justice As "the Charity Of The Wise "
    Jahrbuch für Recht Und Ethik 8. 2000.
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    Kant on Persons as "Ends in Themselves"
    Modern Schoolman 57 (1): 45-56. 1979.
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    In a few months’ time the Potsdam branch of the Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften will bring out the latest volume of Leibniz’s Political Writings, under the able editorship of Hartmut Rudolph. For Leibniz’s moral-political-juridical philosophy, the most important single item in A IV, 5 will be the “Praefatio” to the Codex Iuris Gentium—the work in which Leibniz first published his celebrated notion that justice is “the charity of the wise” or “universal benevolence”, not just Hobbe…Read more
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    Malebranche and Ideas.Treatise on Nature and Grace
    with Lisa Downing, Steven Nadler, and Nicolas Malebranche
    Philosophical Review 104 (1): 122. 1995.
  • Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe (review)
    The Leibniz Review 21 119-151. 2011.
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    Leibniz’ “Monadologie” 1714-2014
    The Leibniz Review 24 1-27. 2014.
    It is well-known that Leibniz ends and crowns the 1714 “Monadologie” with a version of his notion of jurisprudence universelle or “justice as the charity [love] of the wise:” for sections 83-90 of the Vienna manuscript claim that “the totality of all spirits must compose the City of God . . . this perfect government . . . the most perfect state that is possible . . . this truly universal monarchy [which is] a moral world in the natural world”—a moral world of iustitia in which “no good action wo…Read more
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    G. W. Leibniz: Le meilleur des mondes par la balance de l’Europe (review)
    The Leibniz Review 6 127-131. 1996.
    For forty years all Leibniz-scholars have been deeply indebted to André Robinet, who is incontrovertibly the most important French Leibniz-interpreter since the much-lamented Gaston Grua. Indeed it was in the very year of Grua’s premature death that Robinet began four decades of Leibniz-illumination with his magisterial Malebranche et Leibniz: Rélations personnelles. The year 1962 saw the arrival of Robinet’s splendid edition of Leibniz’ Nouveaux Essais—as Volume VI, vi of the great Academy Edit…Read more
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    Malebranche's Moral Philosophy: Divine and Human Justice.'
    In Steven M. Nadler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche, Cambridge University Press. pp. 220--61. 2000.