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Catharina Schmuck

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Background

Employment History

  • Latin Teacher
    Leibniz
  • University of Leipzig

Education

  • bachelors degree
Web References
Geometry.Net - Philosophers: Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm
www.geometry.net, 9 May 2002 [cached]
Leibniz's mother was Catharina Schmuck, the daughter of a lawyer and Friedrich Leibniz's third wife.However, Friedrich Leibniz died when Leibniz was only six years old and he was brought up by his mother.Certainly Leibniz learnt his moral and religious values from her which would play an important role in his life and philosophy.At the age of seven, Leibniz entered the Nicolai School in Leipzig.Although he was taught Latin at school, Leibniz had taught himself far more advanced Latin and some Greek by the age of 12.He seems to have been motivated by wanting to read his father's books.As he progressed through school he was taught Aristotle 's logic and theory of categorising knowledge.
Leibniz
www.kurdmedia.com, 1 Oct 1998 [cached]
Leibniz's mother was Catharina Schmuck, the daughter of a lawyer and Friedrich Leibniz's third wife.However, Friedrich Leibniz died when Leibniz was only six years old and he was brought up by his mother.Certainly Leibniz learnt his moral and religious values from her which would play an important role in his life and philosophy.
At the age of seven, Leibniz entered the Nicolai School in Leipzig.Although he was taught Latin at school, Leibniz had taught himself far more advanced Latin and some Greek by the age of 12.He seems to have been motivated by wanting to read his father's books.As he progressed through school he was taught Aristotle's logic and theory of categorising knowledge.Leibniz was clearly not satisfied with Aristotle's system and began to develop his own ideas on how to improve on it.In later life Leibniz recalled that at this time he was trying to find orderings on logical truths which, although he did not know it at the time, were the ideas behind rigorous mathematical proofs.As well as his school work, Leibniz studied his father's books.In particular he read metaphysics books and theology books from both Catholic and Protestant writers.
In 1661, at the age of fourteen, Leibniz entered the University of Leipzig.It may sound today as if this were a truly exceptionally early age for anyone to enter university, but it is fair to say that by the standards of the time he was quite young but there would be others of a similar age.He studied philosophy, which was well taught at the University of Leipzig, and mathematics which was very poorly taught.Among the other topics which were included in this two year general degree course were rhetoric, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.He graduated with a bachelors degree in 1663 with a thesis De Principio Individui (On the Principle of the Individual) which:-
... emphasised the existential value of the individual, who is not to be explained either by matter alone or by form alone but rather by his whole being.
In this there is the beginning of his notion of "monad".
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