The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy

2014.07.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Johns, The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2013, 193pp., $120.00 (hbk),
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2014.07.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Johns, The Science of Right in Leibniz's Moral and Political Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2013, 193pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781780936734. Reviewed by Donald Rutherford, University of California, San Diego This short study is a useful addition to the English-language literature on Leibniz's moral philosophy. Among its strengths are its careful attention to neglected primary texts, particularly the early New Method for Learning and Teaching Jurisprudence (of which a new partial translation is included as an appendix), and its defense of a provocative thesis about the underlying character of Leibniz's moral philosophy. Against those who have understood Leibniz's ethics to be broadly consequentialist in form, centered on the maximization of perfection or happiness (with human ends mirroring God's ends in creation), Christopher Johns argues that Leibniz's position is fundamentally deontic in outlook,. . .

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