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

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2019.12.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ohad Nachtomy, Living Mirrors: Infinity, Unity, and Life in Leibniz's Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2019, 219pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190907327. Reviewed by Justin E. H. Smith, University of Paris There are several billion microorganisms in a typical teaspoon of soil: not an infinite number, but more than any finite mind could hope to count one by one. Leibniz did not know the precise nature of soil microbes, nor did he have any empirical proof of their existence, but he was convinced that they, or something like them, must exist, and this for deep philosophical reasons. Whatever there is in the world must be underlain by real soul-like unities or centers of action and perception, analogous to whatever it is we are referring to when we speak of "me". But any such center of action must be outfitted with a body, and this body must be such that no amount of decomposition or... Read More

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