David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The problem of evil can be captured by the following four statements which taken together are inconsistent: 1) God made the world 2) God is a perfect being 3) A perfect being would not create a world containing evil 4) The world contains evil Traditional attempts to grapple with this problem typically center on rejecting (3). Thus Descartes, following Augustine, rejects (3), arguing that evil is the result of man’s exercise of his free will. However, given Descartes plausible claim that God could have created man in such a way that through exercising his free will man comes to only virtuous actions, it is not clear how the problem is solved. Descartes also repeats the Augustinian orthodoxy that though the world contains evil it does not contain it as a positive existence; evil has no real being but is simply the reflection of the inherent lack of full-being in merely finite individuals. Again, that this is a solution is open to serious doubt.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Heimir Geirsson (2006). Plantinga and the Problem of Evil. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8:109-113.
Daniel Howard-Snyder (1996). INTRODUCTION: The Evidential Argument From Evil. In The Evidential Argument from Evil.
James Franklin (2003). Leibniz's Solution to the Problem of Evil. Think 5 (5):97-101.
Eleonore Stump (1985). The Problem of Evil. Faith and Philosophy 2 (4):392-423.
Lars Fr H. Svendsen (2010). A Philosophy of Evil. Dalkey Archive Press.
Franklin Perkins (2007). The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 7:149-155.
Theodore Guleserian (2000). Divine Freedom and the Problem of Evil. Faith and Philosophy 17 (3):348-366.
Franklin Perkins (2006). Reproaching Heaven: The Problem of Evil in Mengzi. [REVIEW] Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 5 (2):293-312.
Nicholas Everitt (2000). Why Only Perfection Is Good Enough. Philosophical Papers 29 (3):155-158.
James R. Beebe, Logical Problem of Evil. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads157 ( #10,366 of 1,724,747 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #81,198 of 1,724,747 )
How can I increase my downloads?