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  1. Spinoza's Cosmological Argument in the Ethics.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (4):439-462.
  2. Leibniz's Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 93 (1):58-84.
    In this article, I discuss Leibniz's interpretation of the cosmological argument for the existence of God. In particular, I consider whether Leibniz's position on this point was developed partly in reference to Spinoza's position. First, I analyze Leibniz's annotations from 1676 on Spinoza's Letter 12. The traditional cosmological argument, as found in Avicenna and Saint Thomas for example, relies on the Aristotelian assumption that an actual infinite is impossible and on the idea that there can be no effect without a (...)
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    Virtual Union, the Seeds of Hatred, and the Fraternal Joining of Hands: Leibniz and Toleration.Mogens Lærke - 2019 - Journal of Modern Philosophy 1 (1).
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    Spinoza's Language.Mogens Lærke - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):519-547.
    when reading spinoza’s Ethics,1 one comes upon a particularly disconcerting passage in Part Three. In an explication of two definitions of ‘favor’ (favor) and ‘indignation’ (indignatio), Spinoza writes,I know that in their common usage these words mean something else. But my purpose is to explain the nature of things, not the meaning of words. I intend to indicate these things by words whose meaning is not entirely opposed to the meaning with which I wish to use them. One warning of (...)
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    Reassessing the Radical Enlightenment by Steffen Ducheyne.Mogens Lærke - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (1):168-170.
    This volume includes fifteen chapters, case studies and broader reflections, on the notion of ‘radical enlightenment,’ separated into three main sections entitled, respectively, “The Big Picture,” “Origins and Fate of the Radical Enlightenment, ca. 1660–1720,” and “The Radical Enlightenment in Europe and the New World after ca. 1720.” It is presented as “the first stand-alone collection of studies in English on the Radical Enlightenment.” It is worth mentioning, however, that two very similar volumes already exist in French and German. Like (...)
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    Immanence et extériorité absolue.Mogens Lærke - 2009 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 134 (2):169-190.
    Cet article explore la conception spinozienne du rapport entre substance et mode en analysant les notions de cause de soi, de cause immanente et de puissance. Nous soutenons que la théorie spinozienne de la causalité constitue une tentative pour développer une ontologie relationnelle de la puissance dans laquelle toute dénomination intrinsèque est fondée sur une dénomination extrinsèque. Par opposition à une interprétation courante selon laquelle la substance de Spinoza est une sorte de grande monade dans laquelle toutes choses inhèrent comme (...)
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    Historiographies of Philosophy 1800–1950.Leo Catana & Mogens Lærke - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (3):431-441.
    Volume 28, Issue 3, May 2020, Page 431-441.
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    Introduction.Justin E. H. Smith, Mogens Lærke & Eric Schliesser - 2013 - In Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith & Eric Schliesser (eds.), Philosophy and its History: Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press USA.
    The introduction explain the need for how an international, inclusive discussion about the range of different methodological approaches from different traditions of philosophy can be read alongside each other and be seen in sometimes very critical conversation with each other. In addition, the introduction identifies four broad themes in the volume: the largest group of chapters advocate methods that promote history of philosophy as an unapologetic, autonomous enterprise with its own criteria within philosophy. Second, three chapters can be seen as (...)
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    Structural Analysis and Dianoematics: The History (of the History) of Philosophy According to Martial Gueroult.Mogens Lærke - 2020 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 58 (3):581-607.
    this paper offers a critical discussion of Martial Gueroult's philosophical conception of the history of philosophy as a discipline. Gueroult was among the most influential French historians of philosophy in the twentieth century and the author of a long list of monographs on a host of modern philosophers. Gueroult's first book, on Maimon, was published in 1929, quickly followed in 1930 by a monograph on Fichte. In the English-speaking world, he is probably best known for his two-volume Descartes selon l'ordre (...)
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    Spinoza: une lecture d'Aristote.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (3):570 - 573.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 3, Page 570-573, May 2011.
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    Spinoza and the Cosmological Argument According to Letter 12.Mogens Lærke - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1):57 - 77.
    (2013). Spinoza and the Cosmological Argument According to Letter 12. British Journal for the History of Philosophy: Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 57-77. doi: 10.1080/09608788.2012.696052.
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    Five Figures of Folding: Deleuze on Leibniz's Monadological Metaphysics.Mogens Lærke - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (6):1192-1213.
    This article is about Gilles Deleuze's book Le Pli. Leibniz et le Baroque from 1988. It shows how Deleuze's notion of folding captures some basic intuitions in Leibniz and how they relate to each other. To this purpose, I propose five figures, all referring to the same basic fold, all illustrating how the consideration of such figures allows developing central elements of Leibniz's monadology. These figures can help, I hope, alleviate some of the fundamental difficulties in understanding Deleuze's approach to (...)
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  13. Philosophy and its History: Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy.Mogens Lærke, Justin E. H. Smith & Eric Schliesser (eds.) - 2013 - Oxford University Press USA.
    This volume collects contributions from leading scholars of early modern philosophy from a wide variety of philosophical and geographic backgrounds. The distinguished contributors offer very different, competing approaches to the history of philosophy.Many chapters articulate new, detailed methods of doing history of philosophy. These present conflicting visions of the history of philosophy as an autonomous sub-discipline of professional philosophy. Several other chapters offer new approaches to integrating history into one's philosophy by re-telling the history of recent philosophy. A number of (...)
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    Quod Non Omnia Possibilia Ad Existentiam Perveniant: Leibniz's Ontology of Possibility, 1668-1678.Mogens Lærke - 2007 - The Leibniz Review:1-30.
    In the Nouveaux Essais, Leibniz famously declared that he once had “begun to lean towards” Spinozist necessitarianism. In this article, I argue that this remark refers to his modal philosophy anterior to 1677. Leibniz’s mature refutation of Spinoza’s necessitarianism relies on the notion that pure possibility has some sort of reality in God’s mind, because only this allows for a strong notion of divine choice. But I believe that Leibniz only developed this ontology of possibility after 1677. Before this date, (...)
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    Quod Non Omnia Possibilia Ad Existentiam Perveniant.Mogens Lærke - 2007 - The Leibniz Review 17:1-30.
    In the Nouveaux Essais, Leibniz famously declared that he once had “begun to lean towards” Spinozist necessitarianism. In this article, I argue that this remark refers to his modal philosophy anterior to 1677. Leibniz’s mature refutation of Spinoza’s necessitarianism relies on the notion that pure possibility has some sort of reality in God’s mind, because only this allows for a strong notion of divine choice. But I believe that Leibniz only developed this ontology of possibility after 1677. Before this date, (...)
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  16. Four Things Deleuze Learned From Leibniz.Mogens Lærke - 2010 - In Sjoerd van Tuinen & Niamh McDonnell (eds.), Deleuze and the Fold: A Critical Reader. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    Models of the History of Philosophy, Vol. II: From the Cartesian Age to Brucker. Edited By Gregorio Piaia and Giovanni Santinello. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, Pp. XXIV + 604. Price £224.50 Hb.). [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (251):400-403.
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    Leibniz selon les Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (3-4):690-694.
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    Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy (Review).Mogens Lærke - 2013 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (1):131-132.
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    Leibniz, la censure et la libre pensée.Mogens Lærke - 2007 - Archives de Philosophie 2:273-287.
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    French Historiographical Spinozism, 1893–2018. Delbos, Gueroult, Vernière, Moreau.Mogens Lærke - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (3):653-672.
    This paper explores a methodological lineage among French Spinoza scholars which can be traced back to texts written by Victor Delbos, which later branched out into two diametrically op...
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    Response to Ohad Nachtomy on Possibilia in Leibniz, 1672-1676.Mogens Lærke - 2008 - The Leibniz Review 18:259-266.
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    Monism, Separability and Real Distinction in the Young Leibniz.Mogens Lærke - 2009 - The Leibniz Review 19:1-28.
    In this article, I discuss how Leibniz’s first correspondence with Malebranche from early 1676 can shed new light on the notorious “all-things-are-one”-passage found in the Quod ens perfectissimum sit possibile from late 1676—a passage that has been taken as an expression of monism or Spinozism in the young Leibniz. The correspondence with Malebranche provides a deeper understanding of Leibniz’s use of the notions of “real distinction” and “separability” in the ATOP. This forms the background for a discussion of Leibniz’s commitment (...)
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    The Problem of Alloglossia . Leibniz on Spinoza's Innovative Use of Philosophical Language.Mogens Lærke - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (5):939 – 953.
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    A Conjecture About a Textual Mystery.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - The Leibniz Review 21:33-68.
    In this article, I propose a conjecture concerning the transmission of Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling in the 1670s involving Leibniz. On the basis of a report about Spinoza’s philosophy written down by Leibniz after some conversations with Tschirnhaus in early 1676, I suggest that Tschirnhaus may have had in his possession a manuscript copy of KV and that his account of Spinoza’s doctrine to Leibniz was colored by this text. I support the hypothesis partly by means of external evidence, but mainly (...)
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    Response to Ohad Nachtomy on Possibilia in Leibniz, 1672-1676.Mogens Lærke - 2008 - The Leibniz Review 18:259-266.
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    Possibility, Agency and Individuality in Leibniz's Metaphysics. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (2):395-397.
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    The Art of Controversies, G. W. Leibniz. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2009 - Dialogue 48 (1):205-208.
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    Leibniz on the Principle of Equipollence and Spinoza’s Causal Axiom.Mogens Lærke - 2015 - The Leibniz Review 25:123-130.
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    Quod Non Omnia Possibilia Ad Existentiam Perveniant.Mogens Lærke - 2007 - The Leibniz Review 17:1-30.
    In the Nouveaux Essais, Leibniz famously declared that he once had “begun to lean towards” Spinozist necessitarianism. In this article, I argue that this remark refers to his modal philosophy anterior to 1677. Leibniz’s mature refutation of Spinoza’s necessitarianism relies on the notion that pure possibility has some sort of reality in God’s mind, because only this allows for a strong notion of divine choice. But I believe that Leibniz only developed this ontology of possibility after 1677. Before this date, (...)
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    A Conjecture About a Textual Mystery: Leibniz, Tschirnhaus and Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - The Leibniz Review 21:33-68.
    In this article, I propose a conjecture concerning the transmission of Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling in the 1670s involving Leibniz. On the basis of a report about Spinoza’s philosophy written down by Leibniz after some conversations with Tschirnhaus in early 1676, I suggest that Tschirnhaus may have had in his possession a manuscript copy of KV and that his account of Spinoza’s doctrine to Leibniz was colored by this text. I support the hypothesis partly by means of external evidence, but mainly (...)
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    A Conjecture About a Textual Mystery.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - The Leibniz Review 21:33-68.
    In this article, I propose a conjecture concerning the transmission of Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling in the 1670s involving Leibniz. On the basis of a report about Spinoza’s philosophy written down by Leibniz after some conversations with Tschirnhaus in early 1676, I suggest that Tschirnhaus may have had in his possession a manuscript copy of KV and that his account of Spinoza’s doctrine to Leibniz was colored by this text. I support the hypothesis partly by means of external evidence, but mainly (...)
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    Paul Rateau , L’Idée de Théodicée de Leibniz À Kant: Héritage, Transformations, Critiques.Mogens Lærke - 2012 - The Leibniz Review 22:157-159.
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    Spinoza on the Eternity of the Mind.Mogens Lærke - 2016 - Dialogue 55 (2):265-286.
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    La Vie Selon la Raison. Physiologie Et Métaphysique Chez Spinoza Et Leibniz. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2015 - The Leibniz Review 25:99-104.
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    Catherine Secrétan, Tristan Dagron et Laurent Bove (dir.), Qu’est-ce que les Lumières « radicales »? Libertinage, athéisme et spinozisme dans le tournant philosophique de l’'ge classique, Paris, Éditions Amsterdam (Caute!), 2007, 404 pag. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2009 - Astérion 6.
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    Leibniz on Church and State: Presumptive Logic and Perplexing Cases.Mogens LÆrke - 2018 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (4):629-657.
    this paper has a double objective. On the one hand, it aims to examine Leibniz's approach to church-state relations, a central question in early modern political philosophy that has rarely been discussed in the context of the philosopher of Hanover despite the fact that his political texts contain much to be appreciated on the topic. On the other hand, it aims at providing a prominent example of how Leibniz's political philosophy, contrary to what is often held, was not exclusively grounded (...)
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    Martine de Gaudemar and Philippe Hamou (Eds.), Locke Et Leibniz. Deux Styles de Rationalité.Mogens Lærke - 2012 - The Leibniz Review 22:153-155.
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    Toland et Leibniz. L’Invention du néo-spinozisme.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - The Leibniz Review 21:165-170.
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    Dmitri Levitin. Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of Philosophy in England, C. 1640–1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. Xxii+646. £93.00. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2018 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8 (1):209-213.
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    Three Texts on the Kabbalah: More, Wachter, Leibniz, and the Philosophy of the Hebrews.Mogens Lærke - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (5):1011-1030.
    The article reconstructs a brief controversy between H. More, G. W. Leibniz and J. G. Wachter about the Kabbalah, or what they called ‘the philosophy of the Hebrews’. I study in particular the status of the proposition ‘nothing comes out of nothing’ in their exchanges - a proposition they all agreed was a fundamental kabbalist axiom while having differing views as to the prospects of reconciling that position with Christianity. I show how Wachter’s curious Kabbalistico-Spinozism provided the stage for an (...)
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    Dictionnaire des Philosophes Français du XVIIe Siècle. Acteurs Et Réseaux de Savoir. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2018 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (1):209-215.
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    La Question du Mal Chez Leibniz.Mogens Lærke - 2009 - The Leibniz Review 19:77-91.
    In this article, I discuss how Leibniz’s first correspondence with Malebranche from early 1676 can shed new light on the notorious “all-things-are-one”-passage found in the Quod ens perfectissimum sit possibile from late 1676—a passage that has been taken as an expression of monism or Spinozism in the young Leibniz. The correspondence with Malebranche provides a deeper understanding of Leibniz’s use of the notions of “real distinction” and “separability” in the ATOP. This forms the background for a discussion of Leibniz’s commitment (...)
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    Leibniz. An Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW]Mogens Lærke - 2009 - Dialogue 48 (3):679-681.
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    The Vatican Manuscript of Spinoza's Ethica.Mogens Lærke - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):843 - 847.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 843-847, July 2012.
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    The Continuum Companion to Spinoza.Mogens Lærke - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2):420-425.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 20, Issue 2, Page 420-425, March 2012.
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    Monism, Separability and Real Distinction in the Young Leibniz.Mogens Lærke - 2009 - The Leibniz Review 19:1-28.
    In this article, I discuss how Leibniz’s first correspondence with Malebranche from early 1676 can shed new light on the notorious “all-things-are-one”-passage found in the Quod ens perfectissimum sit possibile from late 1676—a passage that has been taken as an expression of monism or Spinozism in the young Leibniz. The correspondence with Malebranche provides a deeper understanding of Leibniz’s use of the notions of “real distinction” and “separability” in the ATOP. This forms the background for a discussion of Leibniz’s commitment (...)
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    La controverse de Grotius, Hobbes et Spinoza sur le jus circa sacra textes, prétextes, contextes et circonstances.Mogens Lærke - 2016 - Revue de Synthèse 137 (3-4):399-425.
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    A Conjecture About a Textual Mystery: Leibniz, Tschirnhaus and Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling.Mogens Lærke - 2011 - The Leibniz Review 21:33-68.
    In this article, I propose a conjecture concerning the transmission of Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling in the 1670s involving Leibniz. On the basis of a report about Spinoza’s philosophy written down by Leibniz after some conversations with Tschirnhaus in early 1676, I suggest that Tschirnhaus may have had in his possession a manuscript copy of KV and that his account of Spinoza’s doctrine to Leibniz was colored by this text. I support the hypothesis partly by means of external evidence, but mainly (...)
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    Quod Non Omnia Possibilia Ad Existentiam Perveniant: Leibniz’s Ontology of Possibility, 1668-1678.Mogens Lærke - 2007 - The Leibniz Review 17:1-30.
    In the Nouveaux Essais, Leibniz famously declared that he once had “begun to lean towards” Spinozist necessitarianism. In this article, I argue that this remark refers to his modal philosophy anterior to 1677. Leibniz’s mature refutation of Spinoza’s necessitarianism relies on the notion that pure possibility has some sort of reality in God’s mind, because only this allows for a strong notion of divine choice. But I believe that Leibniz only developed this ontology of possibility after 1677. Before this date, (...)
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