‘This is the best of all possible worlds’

From the editor….

Driving around on a long weekend is perfect opportunity not to be thinking about work. However, I confess I was thinking about work, because the two people being interviewed by Alan Saunders on the Philsopher’s Zone were from SOPHI: Paul Redding and Simon Duffy; both from the Department of Philosophy. The program was entitled ‘The Universal Genius – Gottfried Leibniz’, and although I reached my destination before the end of the program, I shall be podcasting it. The Philosopher’s Zone tells us

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is known as the last “universal genius”. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, he made important contributions to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, as well as mathematics, physics, geology, jurisprudence, and history. He is also famous for saying that this is the best of all possible worlds. This week, we talk to a couple of experts about the subtle and strange ideas of this great philosopher.

Podcasts… It’s amazing what one can learn while walking the dogs.*

To listen to the podcast, or read the transcript, go to the Philosopher’s Zone website.

*From one podcast (from the BBC’s ‘In our Time’ program on the Calculus wars) I learned not only about the origins of calculus and the battle between Newton and Leibniz, (which came up in conversation with a physicist friend that week and gave me the opportunity of nodding emphatically that I did know what he was talking about) but that both Leibniz and Newton have biscuits named after them!

Julie-Ann Robson

Views expressed by the editor do not necessarily reflect the position of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry.


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