This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SECTION I. THE RATIONALISM OP LEIBNITZ. INTRODUCTION. Any connected account of Leibnitz' epistemology must be gathered up from many independent essays and smaller works. They were usually hurriedly prepared; occasionally written on journeys; sometimes suggested by specific inquiries from individuals, and often dealt with phases of larger problems. Consequently they do not always fit with precision into other parts of his scheme. His letters were largely controversial and devoted to answering objections with arguments not infrequently born of the heat of the occasion and not sound under cool and searching analysis. On account of the broken character of his writings, his condensed and hurried style, and the actual shifting of his thought, it is extremely difficult to bring together his multitude of opinions into one coherent whole. Yet through all the obscurity and incompleteness of his writing is felt both the sincerity of his attempt to deal with the problems involved, and also the strength of his desire to bring the methods of rationalism to an efficiency capable of meeting the demands of a universal epistemological method. There is no slurring over difficult points. There is no doubt about the ideal in his mind. Whether the reader agrees with the conclusions or not, he cannot help feeling the earnestness of the thinker and admiring the sturdy frankness which never shirks the issue and the acutencss which never misses a real point. Leibnitz comes to the analysis of experience with a mind biased by an early adherence to a school. This bias already commits him to the logical method of discovering truth. He is a Rationalist, born and bred. The mathematical method appealed to him as no other did. Geometry with its few initial axioms and its wealth of analytic...
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