Diabolische Philosophie: Friedrich Leubnitz' Rede als Dekan von 1646

Translated title of the contribution: Diabolic philosophy: Friedrich Leubnitz's Dean's address of 1646

Aviram Sariel*

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The paper explores the philosophical and theological opinions of Friedrich Leubnitz (1597-1652), Leibniz's father and the Dean of Philosophy in Leipzig, by examining an address he delivered in the magister ordination ceremony of 1646. The lecture depicts a perpetual conflict between Lucifer, who is also Apollo, the god of knowledge, and Christian philosophers. Among other features, the lecture presents Eve as a serpent and Christian philosophy as an occupation to avoid. Accordingly, Friedrich was probably more heterodox than usually portrayed, a style of thinking that might have influenced his son.

Translated title of the contributionDiabolic philosophy: Friedrich Leubnitz's Dean's address of 1646
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)99-118
Number of pages20
JournalStudia Leibnitiana
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Apollo
  • Friedrich leubnitz
  • Jacob Thomasius
  • Leibniz
  • Leipzig University
  • Lucifer
  • Mysticism
  • Theology


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