Similarity, form and beauty: The idea of expressivity in G. W. Leibniz

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Leibniz’s doctrine of expression is one of the core ideas of his philosophical thought. Nevertheless, a systematic treatment of this precise doctrine and its implications for the several realms of its application is lacking in the works of Leibniz. The present text aims to understand the concept and value of the idea of expressivity, which we derive from the general concept of expression. Thus, after presenting an analysis of what we suggest to be the main elements of expression - namely discernibility, similarity and formativity -, we will identify an aesthetical dimension of expressivity which, consequently, will lead us to the aesthetical significance of expression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÄußerungen des Inneren
Subtitle of host publicationBeiträge zum Problemgeschichte des Ausdrucks
EditorsLaura Herrera
Place of PublicationBerlin, Boston
PublisherWalter De Gruyter
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-066612-0, 978-3-11-066353-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-066273-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Beauty
  • Expression
  • Form
  • Similarity
  • Expressivity
  • Truth


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