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Title: Teodicee: una nota su S. Nadler, Il migliore dei mondi possibili
Authors: Morfino, Vittorio
Keywords: Leibniz
Malebranche
Arnauld
Nadler
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Vittorio Morfino, "Teodicee: una nota su S. Nadler, Il migliore dei mondi possibili", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 1, pp. 399−406.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 1
Abstract: The book of Steven Nadler, The Best of all possible World. A Story of Philosophers, God and Evil gives an account of the philosophical discussions among Leibniz, Malebranche and Arnauld about the freedom of God and the problem of evil. Starting from an imaginary encounter of the three philosopher in Paris, Nadler reconstructs the complex web of intellectual relations between Leibniz and Malebranche about the Theodicy, between Malebranche and Arnauld about the Treatise on the nature and grace, and between Leibniz and Arnauld about the Discourse of metaphysics. From this reconstruction emerges a sketch of the controversy in which Leibniz’s and Malebranche’s conceptions of God are characterized by the primacy of the intellect over will, whereas Arnauld’s conception of God, according to Descartes’ perspective, states the absolute freedom of God’s will. According to Nadler, Arnauld’s battle against Malebranch’s and Leibniz’s rationalist conception of God is subterraneously guided by his feeling of great proximity between these conceptions and the position about God expressed by Spinoza in the Ethics: a God without will and understanding, a power that simply produces the world in a necessary, meaningless way.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/4711
ISSN: 1825-5167
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