Definition of Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm in English:

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪbnɪts
 
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( 1646–1716), German rationalist philosopher, mathematician, and logician. He argued that the world is composed of single units (monads), each of which is self-contained but acts in harmony with every other, as ordained by God, and so this world is the best of all possible worlds. Leibniz also made the important distinction between necessary and contingent truths and devised a method of calculus independently of Newton.

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Leibnizian

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • She attempted to integrate Cartesian, Newtonian, and Leibnizian ideas.
  • This promise of total order was already embedded in the aesthetic and philosophical harmony of the Leibnizian universe.
  • Was Kant really a Leibnizian after all, as Eberhard had accused him of being?

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