Estimados socios de la SeL:

Os anunciamos un Ciclo de Conferencias sobre la Teodicea de Leibniz que tendrá lugar en la capital de Portugal los días 25-27 de Octubre.


 The Problem of Evil in Modern and Contemporary Thought research Project is pleased to announce an upcoming conference:Leibniz’s Theodicy: Reception and Relevance.

Pestana Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, October 25-27, 2012

This conference, following up on the 2010 “Leibniz’s Theodicy: Content and Context” conference at the University of Notre Dame, will explore the reception of Leibniz’s seminal Theodicy in 18th century France and Germany, as well as the on-going relevance of Leibniz’s work on evil and hope for contemporary philosophy of religion. The conference will also feature a panel on the 1755 Lisbon earthquake featuring prominent geologists and intellectuals historians, as well as a historical walking tour of the city conducted by Portuguese archeologists and geologists. There will also be a public lecture, “Leibniz’s Theodicy: Are There Aftershocks?” by Susan Newman.

For more information, including registration information and a full list of invited participants, please visit the conference website:

(NB: Most of the conference will be videotaped and posted online following the event. If you can’t attend, consider checking back at after the conference to watch HD video of portions of the event). An abbreviated schedule of talks is pasted below. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Newlands(

For more on the larger project, see


Thursday, Oct. 25:

 9:00-10:15  Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory): “The Shift from Leibniz Theodicy toward Protestant Philosophy of History as a Decrease in Religious Tolerance and Increase of Anti-Judaism”

 10:30-11:45  Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame): “Kant and the End of Theodicy”

 2:00-3:15  Catherine Wilson (York): “Leibnizian Optimism, Lucretian Pessimism: The Problems of Peace and Progress in 18th Century France”

3:30-4:45  Genevieve Lloyd (New South Wales): Voltaire in response to Leibniz: ‘Hope’ or ‘Illusion’?

Friday, Oct. 26

9:00-11:00  Panel on the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake: David Chester (Liverpool, Geology), AgustEDn UdEDas (Madrid, Geophysics), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Christia Mercer (Columbia)

 1:00-5:00  Historical walking tour of Lisbon (experts, National Museum of Archeology)

 6:30-7:30  Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum): “Leibniz’s Theodicy: Are There Aftershocks?”

Saturday, Oct. 27

 9:00-10:15  Andrew Chignell (Cornell): “The Legacy of Leibnizian Optimism”

 10:25-11:40  Mark Larrimore (New School): “Leibniz’s Theodicy as a Metaphysics for Lived Religion”

 1:10-2:25  Hud Hudson (Western Washington): “The Multiverse Hypothesis, the Problem of Evil, and the Problem of the Best”

 2:35-3:50  Timothy Connor (Indiana): Multiverse, Theodicy, and Incarnation

 4:00-5:00  Concluding Leibniz Scholars Panel: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London), Brandon Look (Kentucky), Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard)

Sergio Rodero

Secretario de la SeL


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