Leibniz and Idealism

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This essay contends that Leibniz did not hold a position on the question of idealism in his middle period. He was neither an idealist nor antiidealist, but simply a Leibnizian. It considers some passages that have misled scholars into thinking that Leibniz was more sympathetic to idealism in his middle years than he actually was, and argues that these should be understood in a way that does not require the idealistic interpretation that they are usually given. Reflections on the real nature of Leibniz's project during these years are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLeibniz
Subtitle of host publicationNature and Freedom
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199835317
ISBN (Print)0195143744, 9780195143744
StatePublished - Apr 20 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Corporeal substance
  • Idealism
  • Leibniz
  • Middle period


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