Leibniz's Theodicy: Context and Content

Leibniz's Theodicy: Context and Content Poster

September 16-18, 2010 at the University of Notre Dame

In honor of the 300th anniversary of the publication of the Theodicy.

Watch conference presentations.

Thursday, September 16

9:00am -10:30am   Nicholas Jolley  University of California, Irvine
"Is Leibniz's Theodicy a Set of Variations on a Theme by Malebranche?"

  • Chair: Marleen Rozemond  University of Toronto
  • Commentator: Sukjae Lee  Seoul National University

10:40am -12:10pm   Paul Rateau  Université Paris

"The Theoretical Foundations of the Leibnizian Theodicy and its Apologetic Aim"

  • Chair: Mark Kulstad  Rice University
  • Commentator: Mogens Laerke  University of Aberdeen

1:30pm - 3:00pm:   Special session "Translating the Theodicy: Then and Now" featuring

Gregory Brown – "The Theodicy and the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence" – University of Houston; and

Robert Sleigh – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and

Sean Greenberg – University of California, Irvine, "Translating the Theodicy.”

  • Chair: Justin Smith  Concordia University

3:10pm - 4:40pm   Donald Rutherford – University of California, San Diego
"Justice and Circumstances: Theodicy as Universal Religion"

  • Chair: Jill Hernandez  University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Commentator: Larry Jorgensen  Skidmore College

7:45pm-9:00pm   Robert Merrihew Adams  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Keynote Address: "Perfection, Justice, and Love in Leibniz's Theodicy"

  • Chair: Andrew Chignell  Cornell University

Friday, September 17

9:30am -1 1:00am   Christia Mercer  Columbia University
"Leibniz's Theodicy and the Epistemological Problem of Evil"

  • Chair: Joel Schickel – University of Dayton
  • Commentator: Lea Schweitz  The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

11:10am - 12:40pm   Michael J. Murray  Franklin and Marshall College
"Vindicatio Dei: Evil as a Result of God’s Free Choice of the Best"

  • Chair: Marcy Lascano  California State University, Long Beach
  • Commentator: Lloyd Strickland  University of Wales, Lampeter

2:00pm - 3:30pm   Maria Rosa Antognazza – King's College London
"Metaphysical Evil Revisited"

  • Chair: Dániel Schmal  Peter Pazmany Catholic University
  • Commentator: Ohad Nachtomy  Bar Ilan University

3:40pm - 5:10pm   Tad Schmaltz  University of Michigan
"Moral Evil and Divine Concurrence in the Theodicy"

  • Chair: Scott Ragland  Saint Louis University
  • Commentator: John Whipple  University of Illinois, Chicago

7:45pm - 9:00pm   Jonathan Israel  Institute for Advanced Studies
Keynote Address: "Philosophy, Divine Providence and the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755"

  • Chair: Martha Bolton  Rutgers University

Saturday, September 18

9:45am - 11:15am   Agustín Echavarría – Universidad de Navarra
"Leibniz's Dilemma on Predestination"

  • Chair: Timothy O'Connor  Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Commentator: Ursula Goldenbaum  Emory University

11:30am - 1:00pm   Daniel Garber  Princeton University
"Metaphysics and Theology: The Role of the Monadology in Leibniz's Theodicy"​​​​​​​

  • Chair: Marilyn McCord Adams  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Commentator: Jeffrey McDonough – Harvard University