Leibniz's Theodicy: Context and Content
September 16-18, 2010 at the University of Notre Dame
In honor of the 300th anniversary of the publication of the Theodicy.
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