Approches de la stylistique leibnizienne: l’Iconologia de Cesare Ripa et les exempla romanesques


  • Andrea Costa Ecole Nationale des Chartes - Paris IV Sorbonne



Leibniz, Iconologia, Argenis, theodicy, stylistics, metaphor, allegory, tropes, tales, rhetoric


This paper offers to examine both the contemporary approaches to the study of Leibniz philosophical style and shed light on how they share a common dependency on a conception of what “style” is, directly coming back from the romantic tradition. The article first focuses on the baroque fable with which Leibniz closes his Essays of Theodicy, in order to analyse the problems raised by the use of allegoric and symbolic repertoires – such as Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia – considered as privileged instruments to convert figures of speech into their denotative equivalent. The paper examines then the attempt, on behalf of certain commenters, to search for punctual correspondences between literary exempla in Leibniz writings and his theory on series rerum and possible worlds. It appears as a conclusion that the researcher could benefit from an alternative method of analysis pertaining to the literary stylistics.

Author Biography

Andrea Costa, Ecole Nationale des Chartes - Paris IV Sorbonne

Andrea Costa ( was born in Milano, Italy in 1977. He graduated in Milano University with a thesis on Leibniz’s theodicy, under Gianfranco Mormino supervision. Student of Michel Fichant since 2005 in Paris IV-Sorbonne, he obtained his Ph.D in History of Philosophy in 2010, with a thesis on philosophical stylistics. He also graduated as Paleographer-Archivist in the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris, where he works now as a postdoctoral researcher. Costa’s works focus on Modern philosophy, particularly on Leibniz philosophy, philosophy of language and combinatory systems. He is a member of Sodalitas Leibnitiana, the Centre d’Études Leibniziennes of Paris Sorbonne and collaborates with ILIESI.




How to Cite

Costa, A. (2013). Approches de la stylistique leibnizienne: l’Iconologia de Cesare Ripa et les exempla romanesques. Lexicon Philosophicum: International Journal for the History of Texts and Ideas, (1), 217.