Leibniz, creation and the best of all possible worlds

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 62 (3):123 - 133 (2007)
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Leibniz argued that God would not create a world unless it was the best possible world. I defend Leibniz’s argument. I then consider whether God could refrain from creating if there were no best possible world. I argue that God, on pain of contradiction, could not refrain from creating in such a situation. I conclude that either this is the best possible world or God is not our creator.

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