Steven Nadler


On his book The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil

Cover Interview of January 29, 2009


I have tried to write an accessible book on difficult but fascinating perennial philosophical ideas.  The debate examined in the book may be an old one – although the setting is the seventeenth century, the roots of the debate lie in antiquity.  But the ideas remain relevant for the way in which we think about good and bad, human happiness, the meaning of life, and, among religiously minded people, God.  Even readers who are not religious believers should care about how to think about the nature of things, about what it is to be a rational being, and about the status of the values – moral values, political values, even aesthetic values – that inform our thinking.

Philosophy need not be confined to professional academics, and there is a real shortage of books that make philosophical discussions of these questions accessible to a general reading public without being either overly technical or “dumbing down” the issues.

© 2009 Steven Nadler