Theism, the Hypothesis of Indifference, and the Biological Role of Pain and Pleasure

Faith and Philosophy 11 (3):452-466 (1994)
Abstract
Following Hume’s lead, Paul Draper argues that, given the biological role played by both pain and pleasure in goal-directed organic systems, the observed facts about pain and pleasure in the world are antecedently much more likely on the Hypothesis of Indifference than on theism. I examine one by one Draper’s arguments for this claim and show how they miss the mark.
Keywords problem of evil  argument from evil  Hume  Paul Draper  theism  atheism
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