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Avilla 1 Ross Avilla Dr. Mitchell Philosophy 1010: Evil April 14, 2003 Leibniz Essay: What is Leibniz’ view of evil? What are the three kinds? In what sense does God cause each, in what sense does He not?
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Avilla 2 The philosopher G. W. Leibniz committed himself most seriously to the pursuit of answers to some of humanities most troubling questions about life and the creator of life. Many of these queries that perpetually perplex us throughout history revolve around the concept of evil. Why did God create a world with so much evil? Why do we contain so many faults, so many hindrances, limitations and evils upon our form and soul? Why is there so much suffering in the world? Why does God let us cause so much pain, allow us to commit so many atrocities, permit us to perpetrate so much sin? Leibniz not only gave evil a role in God’s creation, but he also defined different types of it and explained why God permits each of them to dwell in His creation. These three significant topics in Leibniz’ interpretation of evil will be the main points of discussion in this paper. Evil, for Leibniz, is not a defect in God’s perfect creation. In fact, he believed that without evil this world wouldn’t have been the best of all possible worlds. Evil plays several roles in making this world the most perfect one in God’s perception. One of evil’s functions in existence is to create greater goods out of its existence. Leibniz explains that without the beginning of evil on earth, brought on by the original sin of Adam, God would never have come to earth in the form of a man, Jesus, and saved humanity from its own damnable acts of vice. This is best illustrated by Leibniz when he rationalized, “we remember that we have gained Jesus Christ himself by reason of sin.
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