Category Archives: Gottfried Leibniz

Elster on Leibniz and capitalism

I first read Jon Elster as an undergraduate – Barbara Goodwin recommended his books Sour Grapes and Ulysses and the Sirens in her political theory class. Elster is also known as an analytical Marxist in works like Making Sense of … Continue reading

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Gibbon on Leibniz

Edward Gibbon praises Leibniz as “a bold and original spirit” in his “Antiquities of the House of Brunswick”, in Miscellaneous Works, Vol III, 1796, p. 402. This is mentioned by Lewis W. Spitz in his helpful essay “The Significance of Leibniz … Continue reading

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German Philosophy and Geography

This the session I am organising at the New York AAG (24-28 Feb 2012). The impact of philosophers on geography, in recent years, has largely been from the French tradition—Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Badiou and others. There are exceptions, of course, … Continue reading

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2012 talks

One of the things I’ve been working on since I got back is the schedule of talks for early 2012. I’d already agreed to give a couple of talks on ‘volume’ (part of The Space of the World project) in March … Continue reading

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Leibniz on the Death Penalty

Just come across this when looking for something else. While the justification of torture is jarring, the rest is unfortunately all-too-relevant. The question is whether there are grounds for capital punishment if two witnesses are brought forward against a defendant, … Continue reading

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‘How should we do the history of territory?’ – Berkeley audio

The audio recording of my Berkeley talk is now available. Many thanks to Ilaria Giglioli for making the recording. “How should we do the history of territory”, University of California, Berkeley, 14 September 2011.

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Foucault, Fossils and Leibniz

Three good days in the British Library rare books room. First up was Daniel Defert, Philippe Artières, Laurent Quéro and Michelle Zancarini-Fournel, Le groupe d’information sur les prisons: Archives d’une lutte, 1970-1972, so that I can offer some thoughts on … Continue reading

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Leibniz’s work on life sciences

Justin Smith – author of the excellent Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life (see my earlier comments here) – has a useful list of Leibniz’s works on natural science here.

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Justin Smith – Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life

I’ve been looking forward to Justin Smith’s Divine Machines book on Leibniz for a while. I previously mentioned it here in relation to Glenn Hartz’s book Leibniz’s Final System: Monads, Matter, Animals; and also provided a link when John Protevi interviewed Smith. … Continue reading

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New books

A whole big pile of books arrived over the last few months while I’ve been away. Some of them are ones I have chapters in; one I endorsed; most are ones I asked for in recompense for review work; some … Continue reading

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