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Author Caro, Hernán D., author.

Title The best of all possible worlds? : Leibniz's philosophical optimism and its critics 1710-1755 / by Hernán D. Caro.

Publication Info. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (vii, 224 pages)
Series Brill's studies in intellectual history, 0920-8607 ; volume 322
Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v. 322.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- The Theodicy and Leibniz's philosophical optimism -- Eternal truths, the choice of the best, and the almighty reality of sin : Budde and Knoerr's Doctrinae orthodoxae de origine mali (1712) -- A Jesuit attacks : Louis-Bertrand Castel's review of the Theodicy in the Journal de Trévoux (1737) -- Banning the best world, God's (supposed) freedom, and the principle of sufficient reason : Christian August Crusius's criticism of optimism (1745) -- The prize-contest on optimism of the Prussian Academy of Sciences : Adolf Friedrich Reinhard's Examen de l'optimisme (1755) -- Early counter-optimism : main arguments and the nature of the conflict -- Conclusions.
Summary "The reign of philosophical optimism, or the doctrine of the 'best of all possible worlds', in modern European philosophy began in 1710 with the publication of Leibniz's Theodicy, about God's goodness and wisdom, divine and human freedom, and the meaning of evil. It ended on November 1, 1755 with the Lisbon Earthquake, which was followed by numerous attacks against optimism, starting with Voltaire's Poéme sur le désastre de Lisbonne and Candide. But the years between both events were intense. In this book, Hernán D. Caro offers the first comprehensive survey of the criticisms of optimism before the infamous earthquake, a time when the foundations of what has been called the 'debacle of the perfect world' were first laid"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716. Essais de théodicée.
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716 -- Influence.
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646-1716
Essais de théodicée (Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von)
Good and evil.
Philosophy, Modern -- 18th century.
Good and evil
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Philosophy, Modern
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Leibniz's philosophical optimism and its critics 1710-1755
Other Form: Print version: Caro, Hernán D. Best of all possible worlds? Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2021 9789004218468 (DLC) 2020032237
ISBN 9004440763 (electronic book)
9789004440760 (electronic bk.)
9789004218468 (hardcover)