Leibniz, the encyclopedia, and the natural order of thinking

Mogens Laerke

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


This article investigates some of the didactic aspects of Leibniz’s encyclopedic project by asking how it could contribute to the development of a new intellectual ethos. Most commentators acknowledge that the encyclopedia was intimately linked to educational concerns. But they do not take sufficiently into account the implications this has for the concrete exposition of the encyclopedia, but subordinate the didactic aspect to the demonstrative one. I argue how the encyclopedic order was not just demonstrative, but also conceived so as to facilitate learning and stimulate further research by helping intellectuals acquire good scientific habits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-259
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the History of Ideas
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Leibniz
  • encyclopedia
  • education
  • geometrical method
  • habit
  • Plato
  • Meno


Dive into the research topics of 'Leibniz, the encyclopedia, and the natural order of thinking'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this