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The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason Paperback – 14 Apr 2015

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (14 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691145318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691145310
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
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I can't imagine a better guide to 17th-century philosophical thought.---Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

Why did a loving God create a world marred by so much evil? In three seventeenth-century intellectuals who wrestled with this question, Nadler recognizes how a single inquiry can profoundly engage markedly different minds.---Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Nadler knows as much about Spinoza and Malebranche as any man alive, and enough about Arnauld and Leibniz to engage at need with detailed issues of scholarship. He is a serious scholar at the peak of his powers. . . . What he has given us here is a wonderfully vivid and lifelike portrait of one of the great debates that dominate Early Modern Philosophy, the echoes of which continue to reverberate down the ages.---Andrew Pyle, Metascience

Nadler's remarkably accessible comparative analysis of these difficult seventeenth-century concepts and flights of theological speculation shows us the deep grammar of our times.---Jeffrey T. Zalar, European Legacy

[I]f you want to know about pictures of Descartes, this is the place to look. The colour plates in themselves are a justification for having the book to hand, (let alone the many black and white images including one of Descartes in a baseball cap).---Martin Cohen, Philosopher

"The Best of All Possible Worlds is a wonderfully engaging book. Nadler, with his characteristic clarity, has produced a true and rare philosophical page-turner."--Michael Della Rocca, Yale University

The centerpiece of this intellectual history is a vicious late 17th-century debate between three unlikely combatants. . . . Nadler's superb study makes for a larger space for Leibniz, Malebranche, and Arnauld alongside such giants of the period as Descartes and Spinoza.--Publishers Weekly

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"The Best of All Possible Worlds is a wonderfully engaging book. Nadler, with his characteristic clarity, has produced a true and rare philosophical page-turner."--Michael Della Rocca, Yale University

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