New Essays on Leibnizs Theodicy

Hardcover | February 27, 2014

EditorLarry M. Jorgensen, Samuel Newlands

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In 1710 G. W. Leibniz published Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man, and the Origin of Evil. This book, the only one he published in his lifetime, established his reputation more than anything else he wrote. The Theodicy brings together many different strands ofLeibniz's own philosophical system, and we get a rare snapshot of how he intended these disparate aspects of his philosophy to come together into a single, overarching account of divine justice in the face of the world's evils. At the same time, the Theodicy is a fascinating window into the contextof philosophical theology in the seventeenth century. Leibniz had his finger on the intellectual pulse of his time, and this comes out very clearly in the Theodicy. He engages with all of the major lines of theological dispute of that time, demonstrating the encyclopaedic breadth of hisunderstanding of the issues. Leibniz's Theodicy remains one of the most abiding systematic accounts of how evil is compatible with divine goodness. Any treatment of the problem of evil must, at some point, come to grips with Leibniz's proposed solution. This volume refreshes and deepens our understanding of this great work.Leading scholars present original essays which critically evaluate the Theodicy, providing a window on its historical context and giving close attention to the subtle and enduring philosophical arguments.

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In 1710 G. W. Leibniz published Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man, and the Origin of Evil. This book, the only one he published in his lifetime, established his reputation more than anything else he wrote. The Theodicy brings together many different strands ofLeibniz's own philosophical system, and we get a ra...

Larry M. Jorgensen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His main research is in early modern philosophy, with a primary focus on Leibniz's philosophy of mind and, more generally, on the development of the uniquely modern conception of consciousness that developed during the seventee...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Christia Mercer: Prefacing the Theodicy2. Kristen Irwin: Which "Reason"? Bayle on the Intractability of Evil3. Nicholas Jolley: Is Leibniz's Theodicy a Variation on a Theme by Malebranche?4. Donald Rutherford: Justice and Circumstances: Theodicy as Universal Religion5. Paul Rateau: The Theoretical Foundations of the Leibnizian Theodicy and its Apologetic Aim6. Maria Rosa Antognazza: Metaphysical Evil Revisited7. Tad M. Schmaltz: Moral Evil and Divine Concurrence in the Theodicy8. Michael J. Murray: Vindicatio Dei: Evil as a Result of God's Free Choice of the Best9. Agustin Echavarria: Leibniz's Dilemma on Predestination10. Robert Merrihew Adams: Justice, Happiness, and Perfection in Leibniz's City of God11. Daniel Garber: Monads and the Theodicy: Reading Leibniz12. Jonathan Israel: Leibniz's Theodicy as a Critique of Spinoza and Bayle--and Blueprint for the Philosophy Wars of the Eighteenth CenturyBibliography