Philosophica: International Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 30, Issue 1/2, July//December 2022

Marco Sgarbi
Pages 49-69

Before Kant: Universals in German Enlightenment

The paper deals with the problems of universals in German Enlightenment before Kant. The first part reconstructs the sources of the problem of universals, focusing in particular on Leibniz and Locke. The second part examines the early eclectic positions of Brucker, Baumgarten, Hollmann and Crusius. In the fourth part the essay investigates the relation between universals and the various combinatorial projects like those of Ploucquet and Lambert.

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