Leibniz and the Two Sophies

The Philosophical Correspondence

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Sophie Electress of Hanover, Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia

Leibniz and the Two Sophies

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Sophie Electress of Hanover, Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia

Distributed for Iter Press

Edited and Translated by Lloyd Strickland
468 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9780772720863 Published January 2011
In his introduction, Lloyd Strickland proposes that Sophie, Electress of Hanover, and her daughter, Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia, found consolation in the idea of divine justice. Too long themselves unfairly dismissed as philosophical lightweights, proper justice may now be given to their views through this edition of their private correspondences with Leibniz. Appearing for the first time in English translation, the philosophical selections cover topics from the nature of substance to universal salvation and evidence the independence of the women’s thought as they defend materialism and challenge Leibniz’s conviction that God created the best possible world. The edition also boasts copious and highly informative editorial notes. It is a most welcome addition to The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: Toronto series.
Contents
Acknowledgments xi
Manuscript Sources xii
Introduction 1
The Other Voice 1
Personal Relations: Sophie, Sophie Charlotte, and Leibniz 5
A Brief Overview of the Correspondences 30
Leibniz’s Presentation of His Philosophy in the Correspondences 34
Sophie and Philosophy 49
Note on Texts and Translations 64
Translation 69
Appendix 1: Fragmenta 418
Appendix 2: Supplementary Texts 430
Bibliography 439
Index of Persons 455
Index of Names 460
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