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This chapter discusses Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s proposals for political, administrative, economic, and social reform. Before outlining the intellectual premises behind Leibniz’s reform proposals, the chapter provides a background on some preconditions and distinctive features of his political writings. It considers some basic metaphysical principles of Leibniz’s legal and political thought, his devotion to the Holy Roman Empire, and his position as a court councilor in Hanover. It also examines, in the context of Leibniz’s political thinking, the role of science and information management as the foundation of rational administration. Finally, the chapter analyzes Leibniz’s convictions regarding economic policy, with particular reference to public finance, along with his concern for the welfare of the state’s subjects (including, among other things, his proposals for general education and public insurance).

Keywords: Leibniz, reform, metaphysics, political thought, Holy Roman Empire, administration, information management, economic policy, public finance, welfare

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