Conference Schedule

Leibniz's Theodicy: Reception and Relevance

Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument

Lisbon, Portugal, October 25-27 2012


Thursday, October 25

9:00am – 10:15am

           Speaker: 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

            Speaker: Karl Ameriks (University of Notre Dame)

"Kant and the End of Theodicy"

            Chair: Larry Jorgensen (Skidmore College)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

            Speaker: 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)

3:30pm – 4:45pm

           Speaker: Genevieve Lloyd

“Voltaire in response to Leibniz: 'Hope' or 'Illusion'?”

            Chair: Agustín Echavarría (Universidad de Navarra)

5:00pm – 6:00pm

           Tea and Hors d’Oeuvres Reception

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)

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Historical walking tour of Lisbon, led by experts from the National Museum of Archeology
(Invited participants and registered attendees only)

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Cocktail and Hors d’Oeuvres Reception


6:30pm: Public lecture at the Pestana Palace

Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum)

"Leibniz's Theodicy: Are There Aftershocks?"

Chair: Dan Garber (Princeton University)

Saturday, October 27

9:00am – 10:15am

            Speaker: Andrew Chignell (Cornell University)

"The Epistemological Legacy of Leibnizian Optimism"

            Chair: Matthias Somers (KU Leuven)

10:25am – 11:40am

            Speaker: Mark Larrimore (New School)

"Leibniz's Theodicy as a Metaphysics for Lived Religion"

            Chair: Marco Sgarbi (Università di Verona)

1:10pm – 2:25pm

            Speaker: 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

            Speaker: Timothy O’Connor (Indiana University)

“Multiverse, Theodicy, and Incarnation”

            Chair: Julia von Bodelschwingh (Yale University) 

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Concluding panel reaction from Leibniz scholars:

Maria Rosa Antognazza (King's College London)

Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)

Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)

Moderator: Samuel Newlands (University of Notre Dame)