Leibniz's Theodicy: Reception and Relevance
October 25-27, 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal
A conference exploring the historical reception and contemporary relevance of Leibniz's Theodicy, at the site of what many took to be the clearest refutation of his view: the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
Thursday, October 25
9:00am - 10:15am Ursula Goldenbaum – Emory University
"The Shift from Leibniz’ Theodicy toward Protestant Philosophy of History as a Decrease in Religious Tolerance and Increase of Anti-Judaism"
- Chair: Michael Rea – University of Notre Dame
10:30am - 11:45am Karl Ameriks – University of Notre Dame
"Kant and the End of Theodicy"
- Chair: Larry Jorgensen – Skidmore College
2:00pm - 3:15pm Catherine Wilson – University of Aberdeen
“Leibnizian Optimism...Lucretian Pessimism: The Problems of Peace and Progress in 18th Century France”
- Chair: Lea Schweitz – Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
3:30pm - 4:45pm Genevieve Lloyd – University of New South Wales
“Voltaire in response to Leibniz: 'Hope' or 'Illusion'?”
- Chair: Agustín Echavarría – Universidad de Navarra
Friday, October 26
9:00am - 11:00am Panel on the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake
David Chester – Department of Geology, University of Liverpool
Agustín Udías – Professor of Geophysics, emeritus, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Susan Neiman – Director, Einstein Forum
- Moderator: Christia Mercer – Columbia University
6:30pm - 8:00pm Susan Neiman – Director, Einstein Forum
"Leibniz's Theodicy: Are There Aftershocks?"
- Chair: Daniel Garber – Princeton University
Saturday, October 27
9:00am - 10:15am Andrew Chignell – Cornell University
"The Legacy of Leibnizian Optimism"
- Chair: Matthias Somers – KU Leuven
10:25am - 11:40am Mark Larrimore – New School
"Leibniz's Theodicy as a Metaphysics for Lived Religion"
- Chair: Marco Sgarbi – Università di Verona
1:10pm - 2:25pm Hud Hudson – Western Washington University
"The Multiverse Hypothesis, The Problem of Evil, and the Problem of the Best"
- Chair: Colin Chamberlain – Harvard University
2:35pm - 3:50pm Timothy O’Connor – Indiana University
“Multiverse, Theodicy, and Incarnation”
- Chair: Julia von Bodelschwingh – Yale University
4:00pm - 5:00pm Concluding Panel
Maria Rosa Antognazza – King’s College London
Brandon Look – University of Kentucky
Jeffrey McDonough – Harvard University
- Moderator: Samuel Newlands – University of Notre Dame