Antonio M. Nunziante

The Mirroring Structure of the Mind. Leibniz on Solipsism, Individuality and the Organic Conception of Matter

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One of the symbolic images to which Leibniz constantly entrusted the synthesis of his own thought regards the idea of looking upon the same city from different perspectives. This is an image that is diffused throughout all Leibniz's writings and it clearly reflects the philosopher's passion for matters regarding perspective as well as optical phenomena. The point of view of the inhabitants who look at it can be therefore compared to a mirror which reflects a certain portion of reality, according to its visual angle. But what do its inhabitants/observers really see? Do they all see exactly the same thing? And if the points of view are manifold and above all irreducible one to another, how can citizens be sure that they share the same representative content? The following paper tries to offer a plausible interpretation of this topic also by considering the most prominent works produced by scholars during the very last decades of the leibnitian-research.


  • Leibniz
  • Mind
  • Solipsism
  • Perspective
  • Perception
  • Holism


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