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Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man, and the Origin of Evil Paperback – December 1, 1998
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The other disadvantage of this volume is that the index contains only proper names and not ideas. This is unfortunate, since much of the work is not clearly organized and the discussion of a given issue is often scattered throughout the book.
But since this is the best edition of the Theodicy currently available in English, one has to live with these disadvantages.
Leibniz gets some bad neglect in history, largely because Voltaire undermined his thoughts by creating a ridiculous straw-man of Leibniz's ideas - maybe Voltaire just couldn't grasp it! It is some of the hardest writing to read, especially since there was nothing before this like it. (for this reason, I recommend, if new to Leibniz, to NOT read an introduction or such. Many "scholars" still give Voltaire's slant on Leibniz. Read for yourself and then judge).
For hundreds of years Leibniz was put on the back shelf because Newton reigned supreme. But guess what? It turns out that Leibniz was right in his charges against Newton. The death of classical physics and the rise of the quantum started with Leibniz - it just took the world a while to catch up.
Also, if you have to deal with someone who gives that trite argument "If God is all powerful, If God is all good, How is there evil in the world," Plop, this book on his/her lap. Why people expect and easy and quick answer to this question is beyond me. Leibniz's answer, his treatment of free will and determinism, the soul and the individual - truly, if grasped, will change some part of your mind for the better.
There is a simple title page, no copyright page, no index, and no standard page numbers. The page numbers occur in brackets in-text throughout, but it is difficult to flip through to find a certain passage when you are forced to skim the text just to find a page number. For copyright information, the only information given in the actual book is the ISBN on the back cover, which makes academic citation difficult. Furthermore, Leibniz frequently quotes Greek and Latin in his arguments, but this edition does not translate these lines. I was only able to get the main idea of the quotes because I am proficient in Greek and adequate in Latin. Finally, there are typos throughout where (I believe) Japanese characters are printed in the middle of a word. This makes reading the text difficult in some places, since it is unclear how many English letters are missing. I can deal with the other problems of this edition, but unreadable text is too much of an issue.
To summarize, I highly recommend reading _Theodicy_, but I do not recommend reading this edition. This edition is practically a hard copy of the Kindle edition, which does not help an academic like myself.