Remembered mainly as a logician and mathematician, Leibniz also endeavored to resolve political and religious conflicts of his day by bringing opponents into negotiation. The dialectical Leibniz who emerges from the texts here translated, commented, and interpreted is certainly not the familiar one. The book sheds new light on the familiar, yet incomplete image of Leibniz, providing further reason for cherishing and cultivating the heritage of a truly great man.
A new picture of Leibniz emerges clearly from this book: a thinker actively working for the solution of acute conflicts and developing the intellectual means for that purpose
Controversy - as Leibniz teaches us in his Art of Controversies - does not mean fight and quarrel, but rather the willingness to learn from the other, the readiness to discover in what seems to be an implacable opponent, someone who in fact shares with us basic assumptions which can form the ground for a solid cooperation and partnership
Leibniz's 'rationalism' is not restricted to a concern with expanding and applying a logical and mathematical model of thought and action
As the texts collected, translated, and commented in this book show, rationality for him must also - if it wishes to be relevant to conflict plagued individual and social life - be able to display enough flexibility, without thereby falling into arbitrariness