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The Philosophical Writings of Premontval (Hardback)

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This volume contains the key philosophical writings of maverick Enlightenment philosopher Andre-Pierre Le Guay de Premontval (1716-1764). Premontval was a prolific member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, and in his career as academic he wrote a series of essays and books on a range of core philosophical topics, such as necessity and contingency, free will, sufficient reason, personal identity, the nature of the mind and its relationship with the body, optimism, and the existence of God. Premontval's philosophy, shaped by his opposition to key philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, and Wolff, is notable for a number of original and often provocative positions on key philosophical issues of the time, which he supported by inventive critiques and a raft of novel arguments. In addition to developing a highly original proof for the existence of God based on the principles of atheism, Premontval argued that all possible beings exist, and do so necessarily and therefore eternally; he insisted that the universe unfolded through an interplay of chance and necessity, its direction influenced by God but not under God's direct control; and he considered free will a curse and the main impediment to the realization of the only aim fitting for God, which was to make all beings happy and holy as quickly as possible. His writings are notable for anticipating modern developments such as open theism, process theology, and animal theodicy. In this volume, Lloyd Strickland makes Premontval's key philosophical writings available in English for the first time. In making these translations, Strickland-a well-respected translator of Leibniz's work-has consulted the original manuscripts to ensure the greatest accuracy, and as befits a scholarly edition, the texts are meticulously documented with copious annotations. Accompanying the texts is a substantial and informative introduction.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498563567
Number of pages: 386
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 35 mm


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Strickland's clear translations give us new access to Premontval's impassioned, personal, and heterodox writings on a wide range of philosophical topics: human and divine freedom, necessity and chance, proofs of God's existence, providence, and the mind-body problem. The informative introductions for each selection and the copious explanatory notes allow us to understand and appreciate the texts both in their own terms and as contributions to the philosophical culture of Frederick the Great's Prussia. An impressive volume. -- David Forman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
What Strickland has organized here is nothing short of astonishing. He brilliantly captures the heart of Premontval's philosophical views with this selection of pivotal texts for English readers for the first time ever. Both students and researchers of modern philosophy will find immense value in this stunning volume. -- Charles Joshua Horn, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Lloyd Strickland should be applauded for making available for the first time in an accessible English translation the philosophical writings of the quixotic French mathematician and philosopher Andre-Pierre Le Guay de Premontval. The threads of Premontval's often heterodox ideas shine through in Strickland's translation and, woven together with the accompanying introductory materials and notes, offer the reader rare insight into this long overlooked philosophe. I have little doubt that The Philosophical Writings of Premontval will stand the test of time as an invaluable window into the intellectual world of Enlightenment France. -- James A.T. Lancaster, University of Queensland
Lloyd Strickland brings to the attention of Anglophone scholars of the Enlightenment an understudied and original thinker. This anthology provides novel access to the idiosyncratic philosophy of Andre-Pierre Le Guay de Premontval, controversial member of the Berlin Academy and rather prolific author of metaphysical and theological tracts. -- Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet, University of Bucharest

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