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« Thread started on: Oct 11th, 2004, 04:08am »

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Since a few years I´m interested in Leibniz philosophy. For some reason, the few serious biographies about this important philosopher are out of print and are very hard to find. For example. The one from Gurhauer is important, but it was in some respects overcomed by the one from Wilhelm Totok et al. My Question: Did you consider important to have the biography from Guhrauer? (its amazing that a Biography from the XIX century is still considered a point of reference on Leibniz life)
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xx Re: Biography
« Reply #1 on: Oct 15th, 2004, 3:13pm »

on Oct 11th, 2004, 04:08am, Phoranomus wrote:
huh
Hello:
Since a few years I´m interested in Leibniz philosophy. For some reason, the few serious biographies about this important philosopher are out of print and are very hard to find. For example. The one from Gurhauer is important, but it was in some respects overcomed by the one from Wilhelm Totok et al. My Question: Did you consider important to have the biography from Guhrauer? (its amazing that a Biography from the XIX century is still considered a point of reference on Leibniz life)


There are some new, although less complete biographies of Leibniz. One is A. J. Aiton, Leibniz: A Biography. Hilger, Bristol, 1985, which is more like an intellectial biography with an emphasis on Leibniz's science. Another one is Eike Christian Hirsch, Der Berühmte Herr Leibniz. Eine Biographie. Beck, München 2000, which is biased more on Leibniz's personal life and his practical action. The latter is probably still available.

Personally I like Aiton's Biography, although I have to say that I have not yet have the time to read Hirsch's book completely.

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