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The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil

Author: Steven M Nadler
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the spring of 1672, the German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris on a furtive diplomatic mission. That project was quickly abandoned, but Leibniz remained in Paris with a specific goal: to get the most he could out of the city's intellectual and cultural riches. He benefited, above all, from his friendships with France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period,  Read more...
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Nadler, Steven M., 1958-
Best of all possible worlds.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
(OCoLC)648327779
Named Person: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Nicolas Malebranche; Antoine Arnauld; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Nicolas Malebranche; Antoine Arnauld; Gottfried W Leibniz; Nicolas Malebranche; Antoine Arnauld; Antoine (Theologe) Arnauld; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Nicolas Malebranche; Antoine Arnauld; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Nicolas Malebranche
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Nadler
ISBN: 9780374229986 0374229988
OCLC Number: 216941701
Description: xii, 300 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Leibniz in Paris --
Philosophy on the Left Bank --
Le Grand Arnauld --
Theodicy --
The kingdoms of nature and grace --
"Touch the mountains and they smoke" --
The eternal truths --
The specter of Spinoza.
Responsibility: Steven Nadler.
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"In the spring of 1672, the German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris on a furtive diplomatic mission. That project was quickly abandoned, but Leibniz remained in Paris with a specific goal: to get the most he could out of the city's intellectual and cultural riches. He benefited, above all, from his friendships with France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period, Antoine Arnauld and Nicolas Malebranche, The dialogue among these three men would prove of great consequence not only for Leibniz's own philosophy but also for the development of modern philosophical and religious thought." "Despite their wildly different views and personalities, the three philosophers shared a single, passionate concern: resolving the problem of evil. Why is it that, in a world created by an all-powerful, all-wise, and infinitely just God, there is sin and suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things to bad people? In pursuing answers to this puzzle, Leibniz and his French colleagues relied on very different ideas of what God is and how He acts. Which is more important, they asked, God's wisdom or His power? And what does the answer suggest about the path to well-being in this world and to salvation in the next?" "This is the story of a clash between radically different worldviews. But it is also a very personal story. At its heart is the dramatic - and often turbulent - relationship between three brilliant and resolute individuals. Their exchanges were informed by mutual respect but were also full of insults, expressions of anger and hurt feelings, and the occasional apology. What emerged from their conversations was nothing less than a critical foundation for modern Western philosophical approaches to ancient problems."--Jacket.

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