Part 19: Leibniz the Optimist

Posted by Gary Geck on August 29th, 2012

My latest video (released totally out of order and not intended to necessarily be watched in order) is titled: Leibniz the Optimist.

It covers Leibniz’s posthumous attacks by Voltaire in the Candide, but looked at from a wider historical perceptive. This wider perspective gets into Newton’s personal religious views and how they influenced his war with Leibniz. This war was what Voltaire was essentially involving himself in.

In fact, supporting evidence from Stanford’s Dr. Martin Evans shows that Voltaire was not even attacking Leibniz’s views per se. Rather, Voltaire was waging a war on metaphysics and certain types of thought: i.e. free conceptual generalizations (no matter how rigorous). But in the end of the video, even Hegel (a Leibniz ally in the larger view) calls the exactness of Leibniz’s metaphysics into question.

The common, tired reading of The Enlightenment as stemming from Empirical Anglo-American Scientific Views is called into question. Instead, it appears to be what Francis Yates called the Rosicrucian Enlightenment going back to Renaissance magic, hermeticism and the re-emergence of Platonism, Pythagoreanism and above all else: Gnosticism. The works of Professor Allison Coudert support this.

Check it out:

One Response to “Part 19: Leibniz the Optimist”

  1. Awesome video, longest one yet! I really liked how this one felt like a cohesive whole by itself whilst maintaining it’s place in the greater series. I kinda like how your doing them out of order, I think it keeps the topics fresh and fun. Cannot wait for your next one.

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