This book is about the lives and philosophy of Leibniz and Spinoza, it's history is rather accurate and the author brings a vivid picture of their lives, however, that may be the problem, it's excessive biography of the authors leaves one in want of a more comprehensive context both historically and philosophically. The author seems to want to establish certain premises throughout, making his claims presumptuous to a high degree. An OK pastime read....Continua
An easy read for those who dabbles in philosophy lightly. Fascinating and erudite.
GOTTFRIED LEIBNIZ and Baruch de Spinoza (known also by his Latin name, Benedictus, and to his friends as Bento) were among the giants of the 17th century. Ever since then, their ideas have exercised a huge influence over the way people think about almost everything. Both philosophers reflected a great deal about the existence of God, and believed in a kind of God; but they also played a part in the modern era's shift of consciousness from a God-centred view of reality to a man-centred one ...