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The Resource The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil, Steven Nadler

The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil, Steven Nadler

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The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil
Title
The best of all possible worlds
Title remainder
a story of philosophers, God, and evil
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Steven Nadler
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the spring of 1672, the German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arrived in Paris on a furtive diplomatic mission. That project was quickly abandoned, but Leibniz remained in Paris with a specific goal: to get the most he could out of the city's intellectual and cultural riches. He benefited, above all, from his friendships with France's two greatest philosopher-theologians of the period, Antoine Arnauld and Nicolas Malebranche, The dialogue among these three men would prove of great consequence not only for Leibniz's own philosophy but also for the development of modern philosophical and religious thought." "Despite their wildly different views and personalities, the three philosophers shared a single, passionate concern: resolving the problem of evil. Why is it that, in a world created by an all-powerful, all-wise, and infinitely just God, there is sin and suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things to bad people? In pursuing answers to this puzzle, Leibniz and his French colleagues relied on very different ideas of what God is and how He acts. Which is more important, they asked, God's wisdom or His power? And what does the answer suggest about the path to well-being in this world and to salvation in the next?" "This is the story of a clash between radically different worldviews. But it is also a very personal story. At its heart is the dramatic - and often turbulent - relationship between three brilliant and resolute individuals. Their exchanges were informed by mutual respect but were also full of insults, expressions of anger and hurt feelings, and the occasional apology. What emerged from their conversations was nothing less than a critical foundation for modern Western philosophical approaches to ancient problems."--Jacket
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1958-
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Nadler, Steven M.
Index
index present
LC call number
B801
LC item number
.N33 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • God
  • Theodicy
  • Philosophy, Modern
  • Good and evil
  • Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
  • Malebranche, Nicolas
  • Arnauld, Antoine
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The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil, Steven Nadler
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-285) and index
Contents
Leibniz in Paris -- Philosophy on the Left Bank -- Le Grand Arnauld -- Theodicy -- The kingdoms of nature and grace -- "Touch the mountains and they smoke" -- The eternal truths -- The specter of Spinoza
Control code
ocn216941701
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 300 p.
Isbn
9780374229986
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008029143
System control number
(OCoLC)216941701
Label
The best of all possible worlds : a story of philosophers, God, and evil, Steven Nadler
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-285) and index
Contents
Leibniz in Paris -- Philosophy on the Left Bank -- Le Grand Arnauld -- Theodicy -- The kingdoms of nature and grace -- "Touch the mountains and they smoke" -- The eternal truths -- The specter of Spinoza
Control code
ocn216941701
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 300 p.
Isbn
9780374229986
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008029143
System control number
(OCoLC)216941701

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