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Confessio Philosophi

Papers Concerning the Problem of Evil, 1671Ė1678

  • G. W. Leibniz; Translated and with an introduction by Robert C. Sleigh, Jr.; with contributions from Brandon Look and James Stam
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This volume contains papers that represent Leibnizís early thoughts on the problem of evil, centering on a dialogue, the Confessio philosophi, in which he formulates a general account of Godís relation to sin and evil that becomes a fixture in his thinking.

How can God be understood to be the ultimate cause, asks Leibniz, without God being considered as the author of sin, a conclusion incompatible with Godís holiness?

Leibnizís attempts to justify the way of God to humans lead him to deep discussion of related topics: the nature of free choice, the problems of necessitarianism and fatalism, the nature of divine justice and holiness. All but one of the writings presented here are available in English for the first time.

Robert C. Sleigh, Jr., is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a general editor of The Yale Leibniz series.

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