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Choosing a Theodicy: The Leibniz‐Malebranche‐Arnauld Connection

Steven Nadler

in Occasionalism

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780198250081
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191712586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250081.003.0013
Choosing a Theodicy: The Leibniz‐Malebranche‐Arnauld Connection

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This chapter is an examination of the approaches to the problem of evil, or theodicies, of three very different seventeenth-century philosophers who were in correspondence with each other and even, at one point, friends: Arnauld, Leibniz, and Malebranche. This chapter looks at the various issues that inform their differences on the question of God’s causal activity, and especially the differences in their prioritizing either divine freedom and power, on the one hand, or divine wisdom and justice, on the other hand.

Keywords: Leibniz; Arnauld; Malebranche; God; theodicy; cause; evil; freedom; power; justice; wisdom

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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