The Platonism at the Core of Leibniz’s Philosophy

  • Christia Mercer
Part of the International Archives of the History Of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 196)

In 1714, Leibniz makes a striking pronouncement about the relation between the explicit claims of a philosopher and the underlying sources of those claims. He says that in order to understand the intellectual ‘discoveries’ of others, it is often necessary ‘to detect the source of their invention’. Historians of philosophy have missed much about Leibniz’s ‘discoveries’ because they have not identified the sources of his philosophical ‘inventions’.


Partial Understanding Real Knowledge Eternal Truth Divine Nature Universal Knowledge 
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