Classical german philosophy. University of Padova research group

Seminario: “Temi e problemi della filosofia classica tedesca”: Caroline Angleraux, “How to Speak of ‘System’ about Leibniz’s Conceptual Framework?” (Padova, 28 marzo 2017)

Martedì 28 marzo 2017, all’interno del seminario “Temi e problemi della filosofia classica tedesca”, organizzato dal Corso di Dottorato in Filosofia dell’Università di Padova, Caroline Angleraux (Padova/Parigi) presenterà una relazione dal titolo: “How to Speak of ‘System’ about Leibniz’s Conceptual Framework?”.

Il seminario si svolgerà a partire dalle 16.30 presso il Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata (FISPPA) dell’Università di Padova (Sala Stefanini, Piazza Capitaniato, 3).

Di seguito un abstract dell’intervento, fornito dalla relatrice:

Can we speak of “system” about Leibniz’s conceptuality? According to the contemporary studies on Leibniz, clearly, the notion of system cannot be used to speak about Leibniz because his thinking involves a lot of aspects and never forms a single complete coherent whole. However, some occurrences of the word “system” in Leibniz’s texts and, more generally, the way Leibniz tries to embrace a detailed and global approach may lead to consider the Leibnizian thinking as an immutable structure that is self-justified, that is to say, as a system in the philosophical meaning. In that sense, how speaking of “system” about Leibniz’s conceptuality? Because, on the one hand, we cannot deny that Leibniz evolved a lot in his conceptuality, so, as the contemporary Leibnizian philosophers say, his thinking cannot be comprehended as a system. But, on the other hand, in a few occurrences, Leibniz himself seems to present his thinking as an immutable structure that is self-justified, that is to say, as a system in the philosophical meaning. In order to reconcile the problematic confrontation of both approaches, in a first time, we will see why it may be tempting to make the Leibnizian mature philosophy a philosophical system. But, in a second time, we will see that such a reading is a kind of Bergsonian “mouvement rétrograde du vrai” if we consider the whole Leibniz’s work. And, finally, we will try to propose a meaning of “system” that may match with Leibniz’s approach. 

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