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The Life and Works of Gottfried von Leibniz Gottfried von Leibniz born on July 1st 1646 was a German philosopher as well as a mathematician a universal genius and a founder of modern science He foresaw the development of symbolic logic and unconnected with Isaac Newton invented the calculus with a superior notation including the symbols for integration and differentiation He expressed a theory of substance based on monads which were metaphysical and animistically bestowed points of force and perception Leibniz also supported Christian ecumenism in religion organized Roman laws and introduced natural law in jurisprudence proposed the metaphysical law of optimism attacked with wit by Voltaire in Candied that our universe is the best of all possible worlds and transmitted Chinese thought to Europe For his work he is considered a forefather of German idealism and a pioneer of the Enlightenment Leibniz was the son of a professor of moral philosophy at Leipzig An advanced youth Leibniz taught himself Latin and some Greek by age 12 so that he could read the books in his fathers library From 1661 to 1666 he majored in law at the University of Leipzig When refused admission to its doctoral program in law in 1666 he went to the University of Altdorf which awarded him the doctorate in jurisprudence in 1667 In the tradition of Cicero and Francis Bacon Leibniz chose to pursue the active life of a sycophant He thus declined a chance to become a professor at Altdorf because he had very different things in view After serving as secretary of the Rosicrucian Society in Nuremberg in 1667 he moved to Frankfurt to work on legal improvement From 1668 to 1673 he served as the elector-archbishop of Mainz He was sent to Paris in 1672 to try to dissuade Louis XIV from attacking German areas Leibniz proposed a campaign against Egypt and the Levant as well as
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