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Living Mirrors: Infinity, Unity, and Life in Leibniz's Philosophy

Ohad Nachtomy


This work presents Leibniz’s view of infinity and the central role it plays in his theory of living beings. Chapter 1 introduces Leibniz’s approach to infinity by presenting the central concepts he employs; chapter 2 presents the historical background through Leibniz’s encounters with Galileo and Descartes, exposing a tension between the notions of an infinite number and an infinite being; chapter 3 argues that Leibniz’s solution to this tension, developed through his encounter with Spinoza (ca. 1676), consists of distinguishing between a quantitative and a nonquantitative use of infinity, and ... More

Keywords: Descartes, Spinoza, Galileo, Pascal, infinity, unity, natural machines, monads, living mirror, force

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190907327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190907327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ohad Nachtomy, author
Professor of Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel