Leibniz's Theodicy: Context and Content

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

Gottfried Leibniz

Leibniz's Theodicy: Context and Content, held on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Leibniz's Theodicy, aims to explore this seminal work, the only book length treatise published by Leibniz in his lifetime.

The conference will explore its contents, its fit within the Leibnizian corpus, its broader historical context, and its subsequent reception and impact.

However, unlike typical conferences focused on a publication anniversary, this conference will also explore how the views expressed fit into the larger intellectual landscape of the period, standing as it does at crucial crossroads: the waning of the post-Reformation, the maturing of the Scientific Revolution, the dawning of the Enlightenment, and the maturing of the rationalist philosophical framework introduced in the early seventeenth century.

As a result, papers will focus both on Leibniz and the text of the Theodicy as well their relation to these broader themes. See the link in the sidebar for a list of participants.

High-quality streaming video of the conference, including Q&A, is available at the Center's YouTube Channel.