A new problem of evil: authority and the duty of interference

Religious Studies 48 (4):497 - 514 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The traditional problem of evil sets theists the task of reconciling two things: God and evil. I argue that theists face the more difficult task of reconciling God and evils that God is specially obligated to prevent. Because of His authority, God's obligation to curtail evil goes far beyond our Samaritan duty to prevent evil when doing so isn't overly hard. Authorities owe their subjects a positive obligation to prevent certain evils; we have a right against our authorities that they protect us. God's apparent mistake is not merely the impersonal wrong of failing to do enough good — though it is that too. It is the highly personal wrong of failing to live up to a moral requirement that comes bundled with authority over persons. To make my argument, I use the resources of political philosophy and defend a novel change to the orthodox account of authority

Similar books and articles

On Evils, Evil, Radical Evil and the Demonic.Agnes Heller - 2011 - Critical Horizons 12 (1):15-27.
A philosophy of evil.Lars Fr H. Svendsen - 2010 - Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press.
Divine intimacy and the problem of horrendous evil.Dennis Earl - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (1):17-28.
A Conception of Evil.Paul Formosa - 2008 - Journal of Value Inquiry 42 (2):217-239.
Dispositional accounts of evil personhood.Luke Russell - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 149 (2):231 - 250.
Necessary Evil: Justification, Excuse or Pardon? [REVIEW]Vinit Haksar - 2011 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 5 (3):333-347.
Logical problem of evil.James R. Beebe - 2003 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Cosmos as a Work of Art.Alexander Pruss - 2020 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 94:205-213.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-09-30

Downloads
507 (#34,662)

6 months
94 (#41,705)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Luke Maring
Northern Arizona University

References found in this work

Anarchy, State, and Utopia.Robert Nozick - 1974 - Philosophy 52 (199):102-105.
The Concept of Law.Stuart M. Brown - 1963 - Philosophical Review 72 (2):250.
Moral Principles and Political Obligations.Diana T. Meyers - 1981 - Philosophical Review 90 (3):472.

View all 12 references / Add more references