Illustration by Mike Reed

Philosophers are especially difficult to study. Their writings involve a range of subtle distinctions and their careers may span over many years with an immense corpus. Their treatment of the topics evolves and may not underline a coherent perspective but rather the application of a penetrating mind to philosophical problems with little concern for coherence over time. Leibniz texts represent a labyrinth that is extremely challenging, whereas Spinoza’s Ethics and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason present coherent definitive views.