The Positive Value of Evil

The argument from evil claims that the proposition 'God exists' is incompatible with the proposition 'Evil exists'. One response to the argument is to show that there is a third proposition which is consistent with the first, and whose conjunction with the first implies the second, thereby showing that the first and second propositions are compatible. I propose that this third proposition is 'Evil has positive value'. This third proposition is established by the development of a meta-ethical theory, viz., the theory of positive value. The purpose of this paper is to develop this theory and apply it to the existence of evil.
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