• Academy Edition: Reihe I, Band 20 (review)
    The Leibniz Review 18 171-192. 2008.
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    Leibniz’s Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice is his most important writing on justice as “wise charity” and “universal benevolence” ; we now observe the 300th anniversary of its composition, and a reproduction of part of Leibniz’s manuscript appears in the Appendix to this article. But Leibniz’s essay might with equal justice be called, “Meditation on the Common Notion of Platonism”—for the Méditation opens with a nearly-verbatim paraphrase of Euthyphro 9e-10e, moves on to reduce Hob…Read more
  • Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe (review)
    The Leibniz Review 16 159-185. 2006.
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    Kant against Hobbes in theory and practice
    Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (2): 194-206. 2007.
    In the middle section of Theory and Practice, Kant speaks briefly `against Hobbes '; but for a fuller version of Kant's anti-Hobbesianism one must turn to the three Critiques, the Groundwork, and Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone. It is in those works that one learns that, for Kant, Hobbes 's notion of `will' as fully determined `last appetite' destroys the freedom needed to take `ought' or moral necessity as the motives for self-determined action; that Hobbes ' s version of the social …Read more
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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
  • Leibniz: Political Writings China Edition (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press. 2015.
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    Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe
    The Leibniz Review 12 107-121. 2002.
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    L’Angelologia Leibniziana (review)
    The Leibniz Review 20 81-83. 2010.
  • Response to Rutherford
    The Leibniz Review 7 95-102. 1997.
    The greatest satisfaction a scholar can know is to have his work intelligently appreciated by the most competent judges. I am therefore delighted when Professor Donald Rutherford, the author of that superb book, Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature, generously describes my Leibniz’ Universal Jurisprudence: Justice as the Charity of the Wise as “a wonderful achievement.” I am especially pleased that he thinks I made a respectable case for Leibniz’ anti-Hobbesian, Christian-Platonist definitio…Read more
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    In Honorem Irena Backus
    The Leibniz Review 24 137-138. 2014.
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    G. W. Leibniz
    The Leibniz Review 6 127-131. 1996.
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    Leibniz’s Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice is his most important writing on justice as “wise charity” and “universal benevolence” ; we now observe the 300th anniversary of its composition, and a reproduction of part of Leibniz’s manuscript appears in the Appendix to this article. But Leibniz’s essay might with equal justice be called, “Meditation on the Common Notion of Platonism”—for the Méditation opens with a nearly-verbatim paraphrase of Euthyphro 9e-10e, moves on to reduce Hob…Read more
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    Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe, Vierte Reihe , Band 4
    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
  • Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe
    The Leibniz Review 16 159-185. 2006.
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    Kant on Persons as
    Modern Schoolman 57 (1): 45-56. 1979.
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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