Leibniz had rules for standing out for all the right reasons

It’s not hard to see why the Lebensregeln isn’t well known today, even among specialists. But this is a shame. For, in fact, Leibniz’s life rules are full of good advice. And while they very clearly bear the mark of the ethical codes that dominated the court culture of late 17th-century Europe, much of Leibniz’s advice remains relevant. This is largely because Leibniz’s advice focuses on how a decent and thoughtful person can best navigate a world much like our own, one in which success and advancement often depend on the good judgments of others.

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