It happened on NOVEMBER 14

1716

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz died in Hannover (Germany). A German philosopher, logician, mathematician, and physicist, he was also a lawyer and diplomat. He was one of the most cultured and multifaceted figures in the 17th century. Independently from Isaac Newton, he arrived at the notion of infinitesimal calculus. He placed the relationship between faith and reason at the center of his reflections, particularly in his works Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil (1710) and Principles of Nature and Grace, Based on Reason (1714). A passionate supporter of the unity of knowledge, for his entire life he cultivated the dream of reducing the multiplicity of human knowledge to a logical, metaphysical, and pedagogical unity, centered on the key teachings of Christian theology. From the time he was a young man, he had conceived of a work that would encompass this aim, the Éléments de la philosophie générale et de la théologie naturelle, which he was not able to complete.


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