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INCIO, Sebastián. Leibnizian Perspectivism in Baumgarten. Notes on the Influence of the Concept of petites perceptions in Baumgartian Aesthetics. arete [online]. 2022, vol.34, n.2, pp.367-388.  Epub 22-Dez-2022. ISSN 1016-913X.

In 1735 Baumgarten published his Philosophical Reflections on Poetry. There he develops for the first time the idea of a science of sensibility capable of apprehending the idea of beauty in art; a science which he denominates aesthetics. This quest to determine what beauty is and what the status of aesthetic experience within the edifice of knowledge is seems to be more related to the Leibnizian approaches to sensitivity than to the Wolffian gnoseological framework, not only because of the way in which it deals with the concepts of perfection, beauty and truth, but mainly due to the fact that, in the development of Baumgarten’s research on sensitivity, mechanisms of subjectivation similar to the ones presented by Leibniz seem to be deployed -mechanisms characterized by a strong perspectival background. In view of this, this paper investigates the Leibnizian influence on Baumgartian philosophy, and specifically the question about how the concept of petites perceptions, as a central element of Leibniz’s perspectivist conception, influences the notion of aesthetics developed by Baumgarten.

Palavras-chave : petites perceptions; perspectivism; beauty; perfection; artwork.

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