The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Thought

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This component of the Problem of Evil research initiative celebrated the 300th anniversary of that famous work by funding a new translation of the Theodicy and related texts, international conferences and workshops, a special graduate student summer seminar, and faculty research and dissertation fellowships for projects in early modern philosophy of religion.

The seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries comprised one of the most vibrant periods of philosophical and theological reflection on the relations between God and evil, most famously marked by Leibniz’s seminal Theodicy (1710). This influential work continues to inform and influence contemporary discussions about God and evil.


Learn more about the intellectual setting and content of Leibniz's Theodicy:


Learn more about the legacy and relevance of Leibiniz's Theodicy: