The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy

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Elmar J. Kremer, Michael John Latzer
University of Toronto Press, 01‏/01‏/2001 - 179 من الصفحات

Many distinct, controvertial issues are to be found within the labyrinthine twists and turns of the problem of evil. For philosophers of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centures, evil presented a challenge to the consistency and rationality of the world-picture disclosed by the new way of ideas. In dealing with this challenge, however, philosophers were also concerned with their positions in the theological debates about original sin, free will, and justification that were the legacy of the Protestant Reformation to European intellectual life. Emerging from a conference on the problem of evil in the early modern period held at the University of Toronto in 1999, the papers in this collection represent some of the best original work being done today on the theodicies of such early modern philosophers as Leibniz, Suarez, Spinoza, Malebranche, and Pierre Bayle.


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Suarez on Gods Causal Involvement in Sinful Acts
Descartess Theodicy of Error
A Radical Protestant?
Spinoza in the Garden of Good and Evil
Bayle on the Moral Problem of Evil
Leibniz and the Disciples of Saint Augustine on the Fate
Remarks on Leibnizs Treatment of the Problem of Evil
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ELMAR J. KREMER is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and the editor of The Great Arnauld (1994) and Interpreting Arnaud (1996). MICHAEL J. LATZER is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gannon University.

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