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Leibniz: A Contribution to the Archaeology of Power

Stephen Connelly


The concept of power has been a major feature of natural law theories. It evolved over the course of several centuries and was arguably the defining notion in both Hobbes’ and Spinoza’s doctrines of natural right. Yet Leibniz appears to effect a reversal in this millennium-long trajectory and demotes power to a derivative term of his philosophy. What was the rationale behind this radical change? And what does this reversal mean for the philosophy that follows?

Keywords: Leibniz, Power, Space, Law, Philosophy, Aristotle, Aquinas, Natural law, Thomas Hobbes, Jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474418065
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Connelly, author
University of Warwick