Leibniz: The Art of Thinking

  • Jaap Maat
Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 54)


In 1666, five years after Dalgarno published the Ars Signorum, and in the year that the first version of Wilkins’s Essay was destroyed by the fire, a short treatise entitled Dissertatio de Arte Combinatoria was published in Leipzig. It was written by a nineteen-year-old student of philosophy and law, whose name was Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. At first glance, this treatise on combinations seems to have little in common with the linguistic projects described in the previous chapters. But in fact it contained, in seminal form, all the ingredients as well as a first sketch of the most ambitious project for a philosophical language to be conceived in the seventeenth century, and probably ever. Unlike Dalgarno and Wilkins, Leibniz never reached definitive results in this regard, but he worked on the project throughout his life


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    Couturat 1901: 169; Erdmann’s mistake was first pointed out by Trendelenburg.Google Scholar
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    Couturat 1901: 323-388; Rescher 1954; Kauppi 1960: 129-243; Burkhardt 1980; Lenzen 1990 provide admirable treatments of this subject.Google Scholar
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    For instance, in a letter to Conring (1671) he refers to the ‘absurdities of the Lullists’ (A 2 1 81), and in a letter to Hesenthaler of the same year he says that the Lullists have corrupted and discredited the art of combinations (A 2 1 200).Google Scholar
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    Grua 537. However, this text was written in April 1679, whereas the letter quoted in the text (A 2 1 497), in which the problems concerning the primitives are summarized, dates from December of that year.Google Scholar
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    C 514, PM 8. I have added ‘enough’ so as to render’ satis’ which Parkinson leaves untranslated. The original reads: “Non videtur satis in potestate humana esse Analysis conceptuum, ut scilicet possimus pervenire ad notiones primitivas, seu ad ea quae per se concipiuntur”.Google Scholar
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    Burkhardt’s claim to the contrary (1980: 171, 263) is based, among other things, on what Leibniz says in a letter to Foucher (1687, G I 392). But he says there that we must not assume that analysis down to the primitives is always possible, which is obviously not equivalent to saying that we must assume that such an analysis is never possible.Google Scholar
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    Cf. C 187: we only have a negative, and provisional criterion for deciding whether a given notion is primitive or not, for we know when a notion is not primitive, namely when it occurs in a proposition which is necessarily true but not proved. In such cases we are certain that the notion can be defined, i.e. resolved into simpler ones. If the process of definition is continued, we arrive at the most simple ideas. Leibniz adds that he does not believe that this process might go on infinitely. Cf. also G II 227 (L 525), written 1701: “It will be difficult to give examples of a concept from which no representative mark can be removed. Primitive concepts lie concealed in derivative ones but are hard to distinguish in them”.Google Scholar
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    Discourse on Metaphysics § 24, PM 33, L 319. Parkinson (1966: xxxv) says it is surprising that “as late as the early months of 1686” Leibniz should think that this is possible, since “he had decided that human beings cannot reduce derivative concepts to those that are absolutely primary”. Perhaps this decision was not as final as Parkinson apparently assumes, if it was unambiguously made at all.Google Scholar
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    A 2 1 56-59, L 105-107. Hobbes, who was in his eighties, never bothered to answer. Some four years later, Leibniz wrote a second, more critical letter on political philosophy, which likewise remained unanswered (A 2 1 244-245).Google Scholar
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    Arnauld & Nicole 1970[1662]: 170 (II, 7). As Loemker notes (L 185), and as is confirmed by the passage mentioning geometry (see below), the Port Royal logic probably influenced Leibniz’s argumentation in this text. It should be noted, however, that Leibniz reaches opposite conclusions: both truth and falsity, he concludes, are properties of thoughts. Burkhardt (1980: 252), ignoring the dialogue form of the text, misinterprets B’s hesitation to accept this conclusion as expressing Leibniz’s own view.Google Scholar
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    Cf. Ishiguro 1990: 28 for a similar interpretation. By contrast, Kauppi (1960: 39) interprets the ‘phosphorus’ example as being aimed at showing that similar means of expression may express different things, overlooking the fact that ‘lucifer’ and ‘phosphorus’ are names of the same thing, though both words also have other meanings. Possibly Kauppi was led astray by the word ‘but’ introducing B’s remark: “But the Greek ‘phosphorus’ has the same relation to ‘phos’ and ‘phero’”. This ‘but’ (Latin ‘at’) is puzzling, as it suggests an opposition to the preceding sentence about the Latin ‘lux’ and ‘fero’. However, Leibniz’s using ‘but’ here might be explained by taking into account that  at this point is trying to cast doubt on the view that there is no similarity between characters and things.Google Scholar
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    In his zeal to force the Dialogue into the three-place pattern, Burkhardt goes so far as to say that Leibniz in this text also makes mention of a level of concepts between signs and things: this is because he refers to general or rational grammar, which is the same for all languages. But in fact the only thing Leibniz says about this in the text is that all languages somehow correspond in that they have the same relation to things. Again, no mention of concepts, which is quite understandable given the structure of the argument.Google Scholar
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    The New Essays consists of a very detailed commentary on Locke’s Essay (1689). The NE was written in 1703-1704, but not published until 1765.Google Scholar
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    In the Introduction to the New Essays, Leibniz remarks: “It is true that the necessity of having to follow the thread of another person’s argument in making my remarks has meant that I have been unable to think of achieving the graces of which the dialogue form is capable”. Apparently, Leibniz has occasionally tried to achieve some of these graces after all.Google Scholar
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    Locke 1689 (further: Essay), Book IV, ch. V, § 4.Google Scholar
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    Pombo (1987: 110) takes this very sentence to express a reaffirmation of what was said in the first, but I think that Pombo is wrong here, and that she apparently overlooks the word ‘always’, without which the sentence would indeed mean what she says it does. Adding emphasis on ‘It is neither possible nor desirable’, as she does, cannot change the fact that the sentence as it stands merely denies the possibility of always distinctly observing things or ideas, and hence carries the implication I draw attention to, and which is clearly confirmed by the sequel, as Pombo is likewise concerned to show. Moreover, it is remarkable that Pombo suppresses the phrase immediately following the one she emphasizes, namely: “itaque compendii causa signa pro ipsis adhibentur”. If signs constituted thinking, what could they be an abbreviation of?Google Scholar
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    Leibniz uses the same example elsewhere, e.g. C 154.Google Scholar
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    An even shorter way of removing this difficulty is to translate ‘perficitur’ as ‘is perfected’ instead of ‘is performed’, as the following translation does: “All human reasoning is perfected through the use of signs or characters.” (Rutherford 1995: 260). But this is almost certainly a mistranslation, not only because it involves deviating from the standard meaning of ‘perficere’, but also as it renders the use of the universal quantifier ‘omnis’ stylistically awkward.Google Scholar
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    It must be noted however that e.g. the discovery of counterfeit gold may induce adaptation of nomenclature, for instance coining a new term for counterfeit gold while retaining ‘gold’ for real gold, or coining new terms for both materials, while retaining ‘gold’ for the species to which they both belong. NE IV VI 4.Google Scholar
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    LH IV 7  4, 13-14 (printed in S 479, German translation S 465). In English, this reads approximately: “If A is  and  is a complete term then A will be a singular substance, or some subject which is usually called an individual. For only a singular substance has a complete concept”.Google Scholar
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    It should be noted that Arnauld and Nicole explicitly state that the word ‘term’ applies to both words and concepts: “tant les idées universelles que les noms communs se peuvent appeller termes généraux”. Nicole & Arnauld 1970[1662]:86(I,6).Google Scholar
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    Cf. e.g. C 159: “The most perfect scientific method does not start from things that are posterior by nature and composite and specific, which are those that strike the senses, but from notions and truths that are most simple and general, which are first observed by the intellect, from where it descends gradually to more specific and composite notions”.Google Scholar
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    This interdependence has later been termed ‘the law of reciprocity’ (Kauppi 1960: 8).Google Scholar
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    A distinction similar to the one Leibniz draws here was proposed in the logic of Port Royal, but in this work it is made with regard to ideas: each idea includes (enferme) attributes making up its ‘compréhension’, and applies to (convient à) subjects constituting its ‘etendue’: “J’appelle compréhension de l’idée, les attributs qu’elle enferme en soi, & qu’on ne lui peut ôter sans la détruire (...); J’appelle étendue de l’idée, les sujets à qui cette idée convient” (Arnauld & Nicole 1970[1662]: 87 (I, 6)). Although Leibniz does not explicitly say so, the context makes it fairly obvious that his distinction between extension and intension applies to words.Google Scholar
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    It is unclear whether or not Leibniz deliberately used 8 in this example, since 8 can only be factorized into primes as 2x2x2, whereas Leibniz probably supposed that only products of different prime numbers (concepts composed of different primitives) would be used.Google Scholar
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    C 42-92. Cf. Couturat 1901: 326-335, Lukasiewicz 1951: 126ff, Kauppi 1960: 145-153, Parkinson 1966: xxi-xxii for discussion.Google Scholar
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    This table was printed earlier in Maat 1995: 176. I suggested that Leibniz may have borrowed not just the entries, but some parts of the definitions as well, adding however that in most cases the definitions differ completely (1995: 175). Nevertheless, Dutz 1996: 51-55 has argued at length for the difference between Wilkins’s and Leibniz’s definitions, on the erroneous assumption that he was refuting my position.Google Scholar
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    The editors of the Academy edition suggest, contrary to fact, that the only thing Wilkins provides in his tables is a ‘mere division of concepts’ (A 6 2 487).Google Scholar
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    Couturat 1901: 63-75, Dascal 1990, Mugnai 1992: 59-83, Schneider 1994: 226-236 provide more elaborate, but equally limited discussion.Google Scholar
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    Petrus scribit pulchre. Id est Petrus scribit aliquid pulchrum seu Petrus scribit, et quod Petrus scribit est pulchrum. Petrus stat pulchre. Id est Petrus est pulcher quatenus est stans” (A 6 4 106).Google Scholar
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    Cf. A 3 3 235-236: in a letter of July 1680, Hooke inquires whether Leibniz “hath yet perfected his arithmeticall Instrument”.Google Scholar
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    Hooke wrote apiece called Mathematical Language around 1686, which was never published (Royal Society Classified Papers XX, no. 72; Slaughter 1982: 182). In my opinion, this text contains nothing that could indicate Hooke was in fact working on a scheme that was even remotely similar to Leibniz’s.Google Scholar
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    Broadsheet carrying page number 442; Leibniz manuscript LH IV 7 D, bl. 3-4.Google Scholar
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    Maat 1995: 173-175 provides illustration and discussion.Google Scholar
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    VE 382-393 = A 6 4 42-53. The editors have established that this was probably written in 1685 or 1686. Leibniz omits Wilkins’s genus ‘military relation’, which may have been a slip that was caused by Leibniz’s aversion to warfare.Google Scholar
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    This was stated in a personal communication by prof. Heinrich Schepers, at the time the director of the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle in Münster.Google Scholar
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    The high editorial standards of the Academy edition are exemplified by the meticulous records of these notes in A 6 3 169-188.Google Scholar
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    The editors of the Academy edition note: “Aus welchem Grunde und in welcher Absicht Hodann am unteren Rand des Lexicon Grammatico-Philosophicum das Vorkommen der Vokale und Konsonanten am Silbenanfang in der Reihenfolge der Druckspalten 1-8 registriert hat, ist nicht zu erkennen” (A 6 3 169). It is very probable however, that Hodann, while compiling the list of definitions using Dalgarno’s alphabetical Lexicon Latino-Philosophicum (cf. 5.5.2), had to consult the lexicon of radical words frequently in order to make sense of Dalgarno’s compound words. An index-like survey of the type entered by Hodann facilitates locating radical words on the broadsheet, which otherwise may be cumbersome.Google Scholar

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