For paper abstracts, please see the paper abstracts page.

Keynote Speakers

  • Robert Merrihew Adams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    “Perfection, Justice, and Love in Leibniz’s Theodicy
  • Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study
    “Leibniz’s Theodicy as a Critique of Spinoza and Bayle – and Blueprint for the Philosophy Wars of the Eighteenth Century”

Speakers, With Commentators

  • Maria Rosa Antognazza, King’s College, London
    “Metaphysical Evil Revisited”
    • Commentator: Ohad Nachtomy, Bar Ilan University
  • Agustín Echavarría, Universidad de Navarra
    “Leibniz’s Dilemma on Predestination”
    • Commentator: Ursula Goldenbaum, Emory University
  • Daniel Garber, Princeton University
    “Metaphysics and Theology: The Role of the Monadology in Leibniz’s Theodicy
    • Commentator: Jeff McDonough, Harvard University
  • Nicholas Jolley, University of California, Irvine
    • Commentator: Sukjae Lee, Seoul National University
  • Christia Mercer, Columbia University
    “Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Epistemological Problem of Evil”
    • Commentator: Lea Schweitz, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Michael Murray, Franklin and Marshall College
    “Vindicatio Dei: Evil as a Result of God’s Free Choice of the Best”
    • Commentator: Lloyd Strickland, University of Wales, Lampeter
  • Paul Rateau, Université Paris
    “The Theoretical Foundations of the Leibnizian Theodicy and its Apologetic Aim”
    • Commentator: Mogens Laerke, University of Aberdeen
  • Donald Rutherford, University of California, San Diego
    “Justice and Circumstances: Theodicy as Universal Religion”
    • Commentator: Larry Jorgensen, Skidmore College
  • Tad Schmaltz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    “Moral Evil and Divine Concurrence in the Theodicy
    • Commentator: John Whipple, University of Illinois, Chicago

Special Sessions

  • "Translating the Theodicy: Then and Now"
    • Greg Brown, University of Houston, “The Theodicy and the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence”
    • Robert Sleigh, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Sean Greenberg, University of California, Irvine, “Translating the Theodicy
  • Pre-conference workshop on Pierre Bayle and the problem of evil
    • Kristen Irwin, Biola University
    • Tom Lennon, University of Western Ontario
    • Jean-Luc Solere, Boston College

Session Chairs

  • Marilyn Adams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Martha Bolton, Rutgers University
  • Andrew Chignell, Cornell University
  • Jill Hernandez, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Anja Jauernig, University of Notre Dame
  • Mark Kulstad, Rice University
  • Marcy Lascano, CSU Long Beach
  • Timothy O’Connor, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Scott Ragland, St. Louis University
  • Marleen Rozemond, University of Toronto
  • Joel Schickel, University of Dayton
  • Daniel Schmal, Peter Pazmany Catholic University
  • Justin Smith, Concordia University