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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 of Leibniz'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 context of 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 his understanding 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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...this volume should stimulate interest in the Theodicy not only among those already working on Leibniz but also among those new to the study of Leibniz, who, we hope, will take the lead from the essays in this volume and deepen the understanding of the Theodicy. (Jenna Donohue and Sean Greenberg, Philosophy in Review)
the essays all make interesting contributions to the literature, and there is something to learn from each of them. Many of them are very good, and the best are excellent and likely to make lasting contributions to the topics that they cover. The volume deserves the attention of anyone concerned with the problem of evil in the early modern period, and will doubtless become a standard reference for those who have an interest in the Theodicy or Leibniz's philosophy of religion. Indeed, absent an English-language monograph on the Theodicy, this book probably stands as the best overall introduction to the work in English, albeit at a quite advanced level. (Paul Lodge, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
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 seventeenth century. Samuel Newlands is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His main research interests lie in seventeenth century metaphysics and philosophy of religion. He has published mostly on Spinoza and Leibniz, and he is especially interested in the ways their systematic philosophical views intersect discussions in contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of religion.
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Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 288 pages. 8.00x5.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0199660034
Book Description Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2014. 274p. Hardback. .this volume should stimulate interest in the Theodicy not only among those already working on Leibniz but also among those new to the study of Leibniz, who, we hope, will take the lead from the essays in this volume and deepen the understanding of the Theodicy. Jenna Donohue and Sean Greenberg, Philosophy in Review 06/2015 |a 07/01/2016 (Publisher's information). Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # 41094
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0199660034_abe_bn