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The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason

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In the spring of 1672, German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris, home of France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period, Antoine Arnauld and Nicolas de Malebranche. The meeting of these three men represents a profoundly important moment in the history of philosophical and religious thought.

In The Best of All Possible Worlds, Steven Nadler tells the story of a clash between radically divergent worldviews. At its heart are the dramatic--and often turbulent--relationships between these brilliant and resolute individuals. 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?

The Best of All Possible Worlds brings to life a debate that obsessed its participants, captivated European intellectuals, and continues to inform our ways of thinking about God, morality, and the world.

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"The Best of All Possible Worlds is a wonderfully engaging book. Nadler, with his characteristic clarity, has produced a true and rare philosophical page-turner."--Michael Della Rocca, Yale University

Synopsis:

In the spring of 1672, German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris, home of France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period, Antoine Arnauld and Nicolas de Malebranche. The meeting of these three men represents a profoundly important moment in the history of philosophical and religious thought.

In The Best of All Possible Worlds, Steven Nadler tells the story of a clash between radically divergent worldviews. At its heart are the dramatic--and often turbulent--relationships between these brilliant and resolute individuals. 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?

The Best of All Possible Worlds brings to life a debate that obsessed its participants, captivated European intellectuals, and continues to inform our ways of thinking about God, morality, and the world.

About the Author

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of "Rembrandt's Jews", a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize, as well as "Spinoza: A Life" and "Spinoza's Heresy".

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1. Leibniz in Paris 3

Chapter 2. Philosophy on the Left Bank 23

Chapter 3. Le Grand Arnauld 52

Chapter 4. Theodicy 78

Chapter 5. The Kingdoms of Nature and Grace 108

Chapter 6. "Touch the Mountains and They Smoke" 141

Chapter 7. The Eternal Truths 184

Chapter 8. The Specter of Spinoza 217

Epilogue 241

Notes 255

Bibliography 281

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691145310
Author:
Nadler, Steven
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Nadler, Steven M.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
Subject:
God
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "The Best of All Possible Worlds is a wonderfully engaging book. Nadler, with his characteristic clarity, has produced a true and rare philosophical page-turner."--Michael Della Rocca, Yale University
"Synopsis" by , In the spring of 1672, German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris, home of France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period, Antoine Arnauld and Nicolas de Malebranche. The meeting of these three men represents a profoundly important moment in the history of philosophical and religious thought.

In The Best of All Possible Worlds, Steven Nadler tells the story of a clash between radically divergent worldviews. At its heart are the dramatic--and often turbulent--relationships between these brilliant and resolute individuals. 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?

The Best of All Possible Worlds brings to life a debate that obsessed its participants, captivated European intellectuals, and continues to inform our ways of thinking about God, morality, and the world.

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