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RUSSELL, Bertrand.

A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz.

With an appendix of leading passages.

Cambridge: University Press, 1900 Stock Code: 139118

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His first philosophical work

First edition, first impression, of Russell's first published philosophical work, his third book overall, marking a major turning point in his early career as a logician.

It was Russell's engagement with Leibniz which set the stage for his break with the neo-Hegelian influence of British Idealism, and instead allowed him to form his concept of logic as "indistinguishable from metaphysics; it is, in other words, an investigation into the most abstract and general features of reality... This conception of logic was expressed by Russell with great force and elegance in his widely acclaimed book The Philosophy of Leibniz, which arose out of a series of lectures he gave at Cambridge in Lent term 1899. In this he presents what he describes as 'a reconstruction of the system which Leibniz should have written' (p. 2), two fundamental tenets of which are that 'all sound philosophy should begin with an analysis of propositions' (ibid., 8) and that 'every proposition has a subject and a predicate' (ibid., 14). The first of these Russell accepts, the second he rejects, leading him to claim that if Leibniz had admitted the existence of relational propositions, he would have had no case for denying, as he did, the reality of relations" (ODNB).

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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers with double ruling in blind (as with Russell's own copy; certain copies have single rules without any established priority).


Ownership signature dated 1904 and Blackwell's bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Expertly recased with new free endpapers, light rubbing and very light wear at extremities, residue of removed bookplate to rear pastedown, contents generally clean; a very good copy, tight with cloth unfaded.


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