Confessio philosophi

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The “Confessio philosophi” is an early dialogue in which Leibniz engages with what he takes to be the central task of theodicy: to uphold the justice of God. It evinces his commitment to the claim that ours is the best possible world, and offers an account of how such a world could include damnation. Various answers to the question why God is justified in permitting sin are suggested in the dialogue. These are addressed in this chapter, which also highlights a threat to God’s justice raised by the doctrine of eternal damnation which is given surprisingly little attention. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the place of the “Confessio philosophi” in Leibniz’s lifelong theodicy project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeibniz's Key Philosophical Writings: A Guide
EditorsPaul Lodge, Lloyd Strickland
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198844983
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020


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