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Gottfried Leibniz, "God, Evil and the Best of All Possible Worlds"

  1. Which of the following does Leibniz believe about evil?
      a. A world with evil might well be better than a world without evil.
      b. A world without evil is surely better than a world with evil.
      c. A world in which evil exists is a world in which God does not exist.
      d. A world with as much evil in it as ours does cannot be the best of all possible worlds.
  2. Leibniz thinks that we cannot generalize from the predominance of evil in intelligent creatures to the predominance of evil in the whole work of God. Why not?
      a. Because nonintelligent creatures might be more evil than intelligent ones
      b. Because nonintelligent creatures might make up for the evil found in the intelligent ones
      c. Because despite appearances, intelligent creatures are not actually evil
      d. Because despite appearances, nonintelligent creatures are actually intelligent
  3. What does Leibniz think is the status of the actual world in relation to other worlds God could have created?
      a. It’s almost the best.
      b. It’s the best.
      c. It’s good enough.
      d. It’s the worst.
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