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New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy
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New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy

Larry M. Jorgensen and Samuel Newlands


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 Leibniz’s reputation more than anything else he wrote. The Theodicy brings together many different strands of Leibniz’s own philosophical system, and provides a rare snapshot of how Leibniz 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, Leibniz’s Theodicy is a fascinating window into the co ... More

Keywords: Leibniz, theodicy, problem of evil, justice, freedom, optimism, Bayle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry M. Jorgensen, editor
Skidmore College, New York

Samuel Newlands, editor
University of Notre Dame