The edition of the political writings of the polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

The great polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) left an extraordinary legacy containing over 200,000 leaves of paper in various formats, from which the Potsdam Leibniz Edition is editing the ‘Political Writings’ as Series IV of the Academy Edition of Leibniz’ works.


The documents in this series range from politics in the strict sense to nearly all areas of human life in society. Justice, rationalism, the universal harmony of opposing interests, and unity in plurality are the guiding principles of Leibniz’ political thought.

This publication largely presents unpublished writings and letters, and creates the basis for research on Leibniz by providing a historical and critical edition of the texts; secondary collections of select works published all around the world will be based on the Potsdam edition. The edition is published both in print and online.

The ‘Leibniz Edition, Potsdam’ provides services to researchers throughout the world in the field of Leibniz scholarship. It is in continuous contact with the other edition projekts of the other academies (in Berlin, Hannover and Münster) and maintains a wide range of contacts in universities and around the world, so that it can engage the growing international interest in Leibniz’ work and influence.



The Academy research project “The Leibniz Edition, Postdam” is part of the Academies' Programme , a research funding programme co-financed by the German federal government and individual federal states. Coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities , the Programme intends to retrieve and explore our cultural heritage, to make it accessible and highlight its relevance to the present, as well as to preserve it for the future.

Prof. Dr. Wenchao Li
Leibniz-Edition - Arbeitsstelle Potsdam
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