Natural Language and Philosophical Language. Nationalism and Universalism in Leibniz’s position on the German language
Lógica, Conocimiento y Abducción. Homenaje Ángel Nepomuceno
Organização: Cristina Barés, Fernando Soler, Francisco Salguero,
College Publications, Londres
Leibniz was a resolute supporter of the qualities of the German language, of the need to raise it to a higher degree of perfection, and of the urgency of teaching philosophy to speak in its mother tongue.
These theses – and the paradoxical nationalism that they are imbued with – constitute the root of the inspiring role Leibniz will play in the German linguistic thought of the 18th and 19th centuries, namely Fichte, Herder, Hegel, Herder and Humboldt. The article presents the main arguments put forward by Leibniz in Dissertatio Dissertatio de Stylo Philosophico Nizolii, in the Nouveaux Essais and in the Unvorgreiffliche Gedancken and argues that, underlying the nationalism of the author who conceived the most consequential and significant projects of construction of a universal language of all time, is hidden an undisguised universalist vocation.