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Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
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(Jun 21/Jul 1, 1646, Leipzig – Nov 14, 1716, Hanover). As the son of a Leipzig professor of ethics, Leibniz came from orthodox Lutheranism. After studying in Leipzig and Jena, he was awarded the Dr.iur. in Altdorf in 1667. He turned down the professorship offered to him, and entered the service of the prince elector of Mainz as a legal adviser. In 1672, he went to Paris on a diplomatic mission; the four years spent there, in contact with A. Arnauld, Christian Huygens, N. Malebranche, Edme Mariotte, and others, were formative. On a journey to London (1673), he…

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Rudolph, Hartmut, “Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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