The general view of scholars is that the Kabbalah had no meaningful influence on Leibniz’s thought.1 But on the basis of new evidence I am convinced that the question must be reopened. The Kabbalah did influence Leibniz, and a recognition of this will lead to both a better understanding of the supposed “quirkiness”2 of Leibniz’s philosophy and an appreciation of the Kabbalah as an integral but hitherto ignored factor in the emergence of the modern secular and scientifically oriented world. During the past twenty years there has been increasing willingness to recognize the important ways in which mystical and occult thinking contributed to the development of science and the emergence of toleration.3 However, the Kabbalah, particularly the Lurianic Kabbalah with its monistic vitalism and optimistic philosophy of perfectionism and universal salvation, has not yet been integrated into the new historiography, although it richly deserves to be.
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