Leibniz & Ideology:
Selected Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

“And you, my friend,” he [sage from the Sirius star system:] said to a Leibnizian who was present, “what is your soul?”

“It is the hand of a clock,” came the Leibnizian’s reply, “and it points to the time while my body chimes. Or, if you prefer, it is my soul which chimes while my body points to the time. Or else my soul is the mirror of the universe, and my body is the mirror-frame. That much is clear.”

— Voltaire, Micromegas (1752) *

Aiton, E. J. Leibniz: A Biography. Bristol; Boston: A. Hilger, 1985.

Antognazza, Maria Rosa. Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Berkowitz, Roger. The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Calinger, Ronald. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; with an essay by Leibniz on the German language, translated by Caryn and Bernhard Wunderlich. Troy, NY: Edwin B. Allen Mathematics Memorial, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1976.

Dascal, Marcelo. The Practice of Reason: Leibniz and His Controversies. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2010.

Deleuze, Gilles. Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, translated by Martin Joughin. New York: Zone Books, 1990.

Deleuze, Gilles. The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque; foreword and translation by Tom Conley. Rev. ed. London; New York: Continuum, 2006.

Deleuze, Gilles. Sur Leibniz (Les Cours de Gilles Deleuze, 1980, 1986, 1987).

    Audio files (5 files, in French, 1980): Sur Leibniz.

Drischler, William Fr. The Political Biography of the Young Leibniz in the Age of Secret Diplomacy. Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2005.

Duchhardt, Heinz. Europa am Vorabend der Moderne. 1650–1800. Stuttgart: Uni-Taschenbücher M, 2003.

Elster, Jon. Leibniz and the Development of Economic Rationality. Trends in Western Civilization Program, 5. Papers – Chair in Conflict and Peace Research, University of Oslo, 21. Oslo: Chair in Conflict and Peace Research, University of Oslo, 1975. 18pp.

Elster, Jon. Leibniz et la formation de l'esprit capitaliste. Paris: Aubier Montaigne, 1975.

Elster, Jon. “Marx et Leibniz,” Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger, 108 (2), April-June1983, pp. 167-177.

Feuerbach, Ludwig. Lectures on the Essence of Religion, translated by Ralph Manheim (New York: Harper & Row, 1967), First Lecture, pp. 1-9. See pp. 7-9.

Holz, Hans Heinz. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Frankfurt; New York: Campus Verlag, 1992.

Holz, Hans Heinz. Herr und Knecht bei Leibniz und Hegel: zur Interpretation der Klassengesellschaft. Berlin: Luchterhand, 1968.

Holz, Hans Heinz. Säkulare Vernunft : Philosophie und Wissenschaft am Anfang der Neuzeit. Köln: Dinter, 2003.

Kreis, Guido. “Das Individuelle denken. Der vollständige Individuenbegriff bei Leibniz und seine Wiederaufnahme bei Adorno.” VIII. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress Einheit in der Vielheit, Hannover, 24.–29. Juli 2006.

Krömer, Ralf; Chin-Drian, Yannick; eds. New Essays on Leibniz Reception: In Science and Philosophy of Science 1800-2000. Basel; New York; London: Birkhäuser: Springer, 2012.

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von. Leibniz: Political Writings, translated and edited with an introduction and notes by Patrick Riley. 2nd ed. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. [1st ed., 1972]

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. Philosophical Papers and Letters, selection translated and edited with an introduction by Leroy E. Loemker. 2nd ed. Dordrecht, Holland; Boston: D. Reidel Pub. Co., 1976 [1969, 1st ed. 1956]). (Synthese Historical Library; v. 2)

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von. Politische Schriften, hrgs. und eingeleitet von Hans Heinz Holz. Frankfurt (a.M.): Europäische Verlagsanstalt; Wien: Europa Verlag, 1966[-?].

Marx, Karl. Letter: Marx to Engels in Manchester; London, 10 May 1870; in Marx Engels Collected Works, Volume 43: Marx & Engels 1868-70: Letters: April 1868 - July 1870 (New York: International Publishers, 1975), pp. 511-512.

Nadler, Steven. The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Peters, Klaus; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Holz, Hans Heinz. Erkenntnisgewissheit und Deduktion: zum Aufbau d. philos. Systeme bei Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz. Darmstadt; Neuwied: Luchterhand, 1975.

Roinila, Markku. “G. W. Leibniz's Theory of Rational Decision-Making and the Reunion of the Churches.”

Roinila, Markku. Leibniz on Rational Decision-Making. Helsinki: Department of Philosophy, Department of Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 2007. (Philosophical Studies from the University of Helsinki;16)

Ross, George MacDonald. “The Synthesis of Synchronicity and Diachronicity in Leibnizography.” Delivered at a joint conference of the British Societies of the History of Science and of the History of Philosophy, Cambridge, 12 April 1986.

Shapin, Steven. “Of Gods and Kings: Natural Philosophy and Politics in the Leibniz-Clarke Disputes,” Isis, Vol. 72, No. 2. (June 1981), pp. 187-215.

Smith, Daniel W. “Deleuze and Leibniz: Difference, Continuity and the Calculus,” in Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy, edited by Stephen H. Daniel (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2005), pp. 127-147.

Stewart, Matthew. The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World. New York: Norton, 2006.

Tarde, Gabriel. Monadology and Sociology [1893], edited and translated by Theo Lorenc. Melbourne: re.press, 2012.  Free e-book.

Debaise, Didier. "The Dynamics of Possession: An Introduction to the Sociology of Gabriel Tarde," in Mind that Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millenium, edited by D. Skribna (Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2008).

Tuinen, Sjoerd van; McDonnell, Niamh; eds. Deleuze and The Fold: A Critical Reader. Basingstoke [UK]; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Leibniz, Universal Language, Race & Politics

Almond, Ian. ‘Leibniz, Historicism, and the "Plague of Islam",’ Eighteenth Century Studies, vol. 39, no. 4, 2006, pp. 463-483.

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “On the Kidnapped African Boy Who Became a German Philosopher” [Amo Afer], Literary Hub, August 29, 2018.

Cook, Daniel J. “Leibniz and Hegel on the Philosophy of Language,” Studia Leibnitiana Supplementa, 15, 1972, pp. 229-238.

Fenves, Peter. Arresting Language: From Leibniz to Benjamin. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. See chapter 1: Anonomasia:The Fate of theName in Leibniz, pp. 13-79.

Fenves, Peter. “Imagining an Inundation of Australians; or, Leibniz on the Principles of Grace and Race,” in Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy, edited by Andrew Valls (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005), pp. 73-89. See excerpt Leibniz on Language, Race, and Nation.

Fenves, Peter. "Of Philosophical Style—from Leibniz to Benjamin," Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture, vol. 30, no. 1, 2003, pp. 67-87.

Krömer, Ralf; Chin-Drian, Yannick; eds. New Essays on Leibniz Reception: In Science and Philosophy of Science 1800-2000. Basel; New York; London: Birkhäuser: Springer, 2012.

Rossi, Paolo. “The Twisted Roots of Leibniz’s Characteristic,” in The Leibniz Renaissance: International Workshop, Firenze, 2-5 giugno 1986 (Firenze: Olschke Editore, 1989).

Rutherford, Donald. “Philosophy and Language in Leibniz,” in The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz, edited by Nicholas Jolley (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 224-269.

Smith, Justin E. H. Leibniz on the History of Nations and the Theodicy of Cultural Difference [Abstract submitted for the Theodicy anniversary conference at Notre Dame, Fall, 2010].


Albeck-Gidron, Rachel. The Century of the Monads: Leibniz’s Metaphysics and 20th-Century Modernity. Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2007. 

Carr, H[erbert] Wildon. A Theory of Monads: Outlines of the Philosophy of the Principle of Relativity. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1922.

De Federicis, Nico. “Liberty and Identity: A Scaravelli's Interpretation of Leibniz,” Bollettino telematico di filosofia politica, 28/1/2002.

Tiffany, Daniel. “Club Monad,” Philosophy and Culture, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, June 2008.


* Micromegas (1752), in Candide and Other Stories, by Voltaire, translated with an introduction and notes by Roger Pearson (Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 101-121.

Micromegas” by Voltaire, editor’s notes by Blake Linton Wilfong

Gutenberg Project Romans - Volume 3: Micromegas (in English), translated by Peter Phalen

Micromegas public domain audiobook at LibriVox

Micromégas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Leibniz on the Universal Characteristic

Letter to Simon Foucher (1675) by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Zadig’s Wisdom vs Providence by Voltaire

Heinrich Heine on Leibniz & Spinoza

Lectures on the Essence of Religion #1 (Part II)
by Ludwig Feuerbach

Marx to Engels, 10 May 1870 (Letter)

Walter Benjamin on Monadology

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Philosophy in Aden
by Paul Nizan

The Watchdogs: Bourgeois Philosophy in Action (Excerpts)
by Paul Nizan

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Histoire de la Langue Universelle
par Louis Couturat & Léopold Leau (1903)

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