Andreas Blank

Andreas Blank specializes in early modern philosophy, especially the philosophy of Leibniz, early modern philosophy of the life sciences and early modern moral and political philosophy. He holds a Dr. phil. in philosophy from the University of Konstanz, Germany, has taught at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and is a faculty member at the University of Paderborn. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. For 2016-2017 he is Visiting Professor at Bard College Berlin. 






Ontological Dependence and the Metaphysics of Individual Substances, 15401716. Munich: Philosophia, 2015, 267 pp.

Biomedical Ontology and the Metaphysics of Composite Substances, 15401670. Munich: Philosophia, 2010, 235 pp.

Leibniz: Metaphilosophy and Metaphysics, 16661686. Munich: Philosophia, 2005, 207 pp.

Der logische Aufbau von Leibniz’ Metaphysik. [The Logical Structure of Leibniz’s Metaphysics.] Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2001, 170 pp.

Refereed Journal Articles 

“Zabarella and the Early Leibniz on the Diachronic Identity of Living Beings.” Studia Leibnitiana 47 (2015): 86–102.

“Leibniz, Locke, and the Early Modern Controversy over Legal Maxims.” History of European Ideas 41 (2015): 1080–1092.

“Domingo de Soto on Justice to the Poor.” Intellectual History Review 25 (2015): 133–146.

“Mary Astell on Flattery and Self-Esteem.” The Monist 98 (2015): 53–63.

“Domingo de Soto on Doubts, Presumptions, and Noncomparative Justice.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (2015): 1–18.

“Animals and Immortality in the Monadology.” Magyar Filozófiai Szemle 59 (2015): 140–152.

“Wittgenstein on Aspect Blindness and Meaning Blindness” (with Ohad Nachtomy). Iyyun. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 64 (2015): 43–62.

“Nicolaus Taurellus on Forms and Elements.” Science in Context 27 (2014): 659–682.

“Johannes von Felden on Usucaption, Justice, and the Society of States.” Journal of the History of Ideas 74 (2013): 403–423.

“Henry More on Spirits, Light, and Immaterial Extension.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013): 857–878.

“Fortunio Liceti on Mind, Light, and Immaterial Extension.” Perspectives on Science 21 (2013): 358–378.

“Aquinas and Soto on Derogatory Judgment and Noncomparative Justice.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012): 411–427.

“Presumption, Torture, and the Controversy over Excepted Crimes, 1600–1632.” Intellectual History Review 22 (2012): 131–145.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plants, Species, and the Ordained Power of God.” Science in Context 25 (2012): 503–523.

“Leibniz on Usucaption, Presumption, and International Justice.” Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2011): 70–86.

     Spanish translation: “Acerca de la ‘usucapio’, de la presunción y de la justicia internacional según Leibniz.” (translated by Evelyn Vargas) Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Costa Rica 51 (2012): 357–365.

“Daniel Sennert on Poisons, Epilepsy, and Subordinate Forms.” Perspectives on Science 19 (2011): 192–211.

“Wittgenstein on Verification and Seeing-As, 1930–1932.” Inquiry 54 (2011): 614–632.

“Material Souls and Imagination in Late Aristotelian Embryology.” Annals of Science 67 (2010): 187–204.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plant Generation and the Question of Species Con-stancy.” Early Science and Medicine 15 (2010): 266–286.

“Existential Dependence and the Question of Emanative Causation in Protestant Meta­physics, 1570–1620.” Intellectual History Review 19 (2009): 1–13.

“Justice and the Eclecticism of Protestant Ethics, 1580–1610.” Studia Leibnitiana 40 (2008): 223–238.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Corpuscles and the Vacuum.” Perspectives on Science 16 (2008): 137–159.

“Wittgenstein on Colours and Logical Multiplicities, 1930–1932.” Dialogue. Canadian Philosophical Review 47 (2008): 311–328.

“Composite Substance, Common Notions, and Kenelm Digby’s Theory of Animal Generation.” Science in Context 20 (2007): 1–20.

“Wittgenstein on Expectation, Action, and Internal Relations, 1930–1932.” Inquiry 50 (2007): 270–287.

“Material Points and Formal Concepts in the Early Wittgenstein.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007): 245–261.

“Leibniz and the Presumption of Justice.” Studia Leibnitiana 38 (2006): 201–210.

“Leibniz on Justice as a Common Concept. A Rejoinder to Patrick Riley.” Leibniz Review 16 (2006): 205–214.

“Internal Relations and the Descriptive Nature of Philosophy in the Early Wittgen-stein.” Iyyun. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 54 (2005): 271–286.

“Definitions, Sorites Arguments, and Leibniz’s Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice.” Leibniz Review 14 (2004): 153–166.

“Incomplete Entities, Natural Non-separability, and Leibniz’s Response to François Lamy’s De la Connoissance de soi-même.” Leibniz Review 13 (2003): 1–17.

“Leibniz’s De Summa Rerum and the Panlogistic Interpretation of the Theory of Simple Substances.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2003): 261–269.

“Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and the Problem of a Phenomenological Language.” Philosophia 29 (2002): 327–341.

“Substance Monism and Substance Pluralism in Leibniz’s Metaphysical Papers 1675–1676.” Studia Leibnitiana 33 (2001): 216–223.

“Leibniz und die panpsychistische Deutung der Theorie der einfachen Substanzen.” [“Leibniz and the Panpsychistic Interpretation of the Theory of Simple Substan-ces.”] Studia Leibnitiana 32 (2000): 117–125.

“Die kategoriale Unbestimmtheit der Gegenstände in Wittgensteins Tractatus.” [“The Categorial Indeterminacy of Objects in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus.”] Grazer Philosophische Studien 60 (2000): 197–215.

Book Chapters 

“Leibniz and the Early Modern Controversy over the Right of International Medi-ation.” In “Das Recht kann nicht ungerecht sein …” Beiträge zu Leibniz’ Philo-sophie der Gerechtigkeit. Edited by Wenchao Li (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 44). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2015, 117–135.

“Presumption and Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Action.” In Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Form. Edited by Adrian Nita (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2015, 89–106.

“Archibald Campbell über Gewissen und Kosmopolitismus.” [“Archibald Campbell on Conscience and Cosmopolitism.”] In Gewissen zwischen Gefühl und Vernunft. Edited by Simon Bunke and Katerina Mihaylova. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015, 89–104.

“Material Causes and Incomplete Entities in Gallego de la Serna’s Theory of Animal Generation.” In The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Ohad Nachtomy and Justin Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 117–136.

“Sennert and Leibniz on Animate Atoms.” In Machines of Nature and Composite Substances in Leibniz. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith and Ohad Nachtomy (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, 115–130.

“On Interpreting Leibniz’s Mill.” In Interpretation. Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts. Edited by Peter Machamer and Gereon Wolters. Pitts-burgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, 111–129.

“Leibniz vs. Lamy: How does Confused Perception Unite Soul and Body?” In The Practice of Reason: Leibniz and his Controversies. Edited by Marcelo Dascal. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010, 169–186.

“Jean Fernel on Divine Immanence and the Origin of Simple Forms.” In Nature et Surnaturel. Philosophies de la nature et métaphysique aux XVIeXVIIIe siècles. Edited by Vlad Alexandrescu and Robert Theis. Hildesheim: Olms, 2010, 9–21.

“The Analysis of Reflection and Leibniz’s Early Response to Spinoza.” In The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz. Edited by Mark Kulstad, Mogens Laerke and David Snyder (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 34). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2009, 161–175.

“Ramus and Leibniz on Analysis.” In Leibniz: What Kind of Rationalist? Edited by Marcelo Dascal (Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science 13). Dordrecht: Springer, 2008, 155–166.

“Dalgarno, Wilkins, Leibniz and the Descriptive Nature of Metaphysical Concepts.” In Leibniz and the English Speaking World. Edited by Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2007, 51–61.

“Atoms and Minds in Walter Charleton’s Theory of Animal Generation.” In The Problem of Animal Generation in Modern Philosophy. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 124–145.

“Twin-Consciousnesses and the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz’s Nouveaux Essais.” In Leibniz selon les Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain. Edited by François Duchesneau and Jérémie Griard. Montréal: Bellarmin/ Paris: Vrin, 2006, 189–202.


Rezension von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Mathematischer, naturwissenschaftlicher und technischer Briefwechsel. Siebenter Band: Juli 1696Dezember 1698 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011). Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 37 (2014): 170–171.

Review of Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele (eds.), Later Medieval Metaphysics. Ontology, Language, and Logic. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013). History and Philosophy of Logic 35 (2014): 211–213.

Review of Nicolaus Taurellus, Philosophiae triumphus, hoc est, Metaphysica philosophandi methodus (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 2012). Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 1052–1053.

Review of Catherine Wilson, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010). HOPOS. The Journal of the Society for History of Philosophy of Science 2 (2012): 200–203.

Review of Martin Mulsow (ed.), Spätrenaissance-Philosophie in Deutschland 15701650 (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2009). Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011): 260–262.

Review of Concetta Pennuto, Simpatia, fantasia e contagio. Il pensiero medico e il pensiero filosofico di Girolamo Fracastoro (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2008). Renaissance Quarterly 62 (2009): 996–998.

Review of Stuart Brown and N. J. Fox, Historical Dictionary of Leibniz’s Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006). Philosophy in Review 27 (2007): 100–102.