Paul et Virginie, or the Enigma of Evil: The Double Theodicy of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Paul et Virginie, or the Enigma of Evil: The Double Theodicy of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre <p>Abstract:</p><p>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 <i>The Studies of Nature</i>, his major theoretical work, and <i>Paul and Virginia</i>, a true Romanesque application of the philosophical treatise, brings out a double theodicy. In fact, Saint-Pierre establishes a fruitful synergy between Rousseau&apos;s anthropodicy, which provides a social and historical justification of evil, and Leibniz&apos;s eschatology, aimed at its metaphysical and otherworldly justification.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Paul et Virginie, or the Enigma of Evil: The Double Theodicy of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Journal of the History of Ideas, Volume 79 (4) – Nov 7, 2018

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>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 <i>The Studies of Nature</i>, his major theoretical work, and <i>Paul and Virginia</i>, a true Romanesque application of the philosophical treatise, brings out a double theodicy. In fact, Saint-Pierre establishes a fruitful synergy between Rousseau&apos;s anthropodicy, which provides a social and historical justification of evil, and Leibniz&apos;s eschatology, aimed at its metaphysical and otherworldly justification.</p>

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