Berkeley’s Theodicy in A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710)

Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2014.046

Abstract


In this article I attempt to reconstruct Berkeley’s views on the nature of God and his Providence, as well as the way he refers to the problem of evil and justice in the world. My analysis is based on one of the early works by Berkeley, i.e. Principles of Human Knowledge (1710). Its aim is to present Berkeley’s understanding of theodicy as different from the one suggested by Leibniz in Theodicy (1710).


Keywords


Berkeley; God; evil; theodicy; justice

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