The Double Theodicy of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: A philosophical reading of ‘Paul et Virginie’

Authors

  • Marco Menin Università degli Studi di Torino

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19272/201800702008

Keywords:

Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Evil, Theodicy, Anthropodicy, Eschatology

Abstract

The 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 The Studies of Nature, his major theoretical work, and Paul and Virginie, true Romanesque application of the philosophical treatise, brings out a ‘double’ theodicy. Saint-Pierre establishes a fruitful synergy between Rousseau’s anthropodicy, which provides a social and historical justification of evil, and Leibniz’s eschatology, aimed at its metaphysical and otherworldly justification.

Published

30-09-2018

How to Cite

Menin, Marco. “The Double Theodicy of Bernardin De Saint-Pierre: A Philosophical Reading of ‘Paul Et Virginie’”. Acta Philosophica 27, no. 2 (September 30, 2018): 331–350. Accessed July 24, 2024. https://www.actaphilosophica.it/article/view/3706.

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