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Seeing All at Once

in The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226409542
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226409566 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226409566.003.0007
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This chapter highlights Leibniz's philosophy as a practice, first emphasizing his insistence on the materiality and palpability of his efforts to reform human knowledge. Second, it illustrates Leibniz's own philosophical activity: the inductive mathematics, experimental techniques, the excerpting of authors, and, especially, the writing up of manifold projects, many springing from a common set of heuristics and tools. The chapter combines the insights of recent studies on early-modern scholarly practices of reading and writing with concerns from the history of science about the place of writing and inscription in scientific work. Leibniz's philosophical practices were central means for cultivating himself. His vast written corpus was in part the product of this exercise and self-cultivation.

Keywords: Leibniz; philosophy; practice; human knowledge; mathematics

Chapter.  16509 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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