Abstract

Abstract:

This article aims to show how Bernardin de Saint-Pierre—whose philosophical and theological thought is generally overlooked by scholars—provides an original solution to the problem of the existence of evil. A comparative reading of the systematic discussion of Providence that animates The Studies of Nature, his major theoretical work, and Paul and Virginia, a true Romanesque application of the philosophical treatise, brings out a double theodicy. In fact, Saint-Pierre establishes a fruitful synergy between Rousseau's anthropodicy, which provides a social and historical justification of evil, and Leibniz's eschatology, aimed at its metaphysical and otherworldly justification.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 593-612
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-07
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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