International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 185–194 | Cite as

Leibniz on unbaptized infant damnation

  • Christopher BobierEmail author


Leibniz consistently denies that unbaptized infants are condemned to hell in virtue of original sin. He is less than forthcoming, however, about where they go when they die. Scholars are divided on this issue. Some think that, according to Leibniz, they go to limbo, while others think that he is committed to the view that they go to heaven. The aim of this paper is to show that this scholarly attention is misguided and that Leibniz does not defend a position regarding the fate of unbaptized infants.


Leibniz Original sin Divine justice Damnation 



I would like to thank Sean Greenberg, Bonnie Kent, and Lloyd Strickland for their helpful comments and suggestions on earlier drafts of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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