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Leibniz, Cyrano et le meilleur des corps possibles

Abstract : This article is concerned with the role of Cyrano de Bergerac’s novels in Leibniz’s philosophy. On several occasions, Leibniz appeals to the same passage from the États et Empire du Soleil where the “imaginative Cyrano” describes the surprising capacities of the creatures of the sun who do not experience pain and who can regenerate their own bodies as they wish. Leibniz uses this fiction to show that the human body is not the best of all possible bodies.
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Raphaële Andrault. Leibniz, Cyrano et le meilleur des corps possibles. Libertinage et philosophie à l'époque classique (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle), Classiques Garnier, 2019, Les libertins et l’imagination, 16, pp.167-188. ⟨10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-09789-1.p.0167⟩. ⟨halshs-02355104⟩



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