Intentionality, Belief, and the Logical Problem of Evil

Religious Studies 56 (3):419-435 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper provides a new defence against the logical problem of evil, based on the naturalistic functional/teleological theory of mind (NFT). I argue that if the NFT is self-consistent then it is consistent with theism. Further, the NFT entails that it is not possible for created minds to exist in the absence of evil. It follows that if the NFT is self-consistent then the existence of God is consistent with the existence of evil.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,038

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Logical problem of evil.James R. Beebe - 2003 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The problem of religious evil: Does belief in God cause evil?Lloyd Strickland - 2018 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 84 (2):237-250.
Divine Goodness and the Problem of Evil.Terence Penelhum - 1966 - Religious Studies 2 (1):95 - 107.
The evidential problem of evil.Nickn D. Trakakis - 2005 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Evidential Problem of Evil, The.Nick Trakakis - forthcoming - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
D. Z. Phillips' problems with evil and with God.William Hasker - 2007 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 61 (3):151 - 160.
Arguments from Moral Evil.Graham Oppy - 2004 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 56 (2/3):59 - 87.
D. Z. Phillips’ problems with evil and with God.William Hasker - 2007 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 61 (3):151-160.
Sceptical theism and the evil-god challenge.Perry Hendricks - 2018 - Religious Studies 54 (4):549-561.

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-01-07

Downloads
123 (#147,069)

6 months
12 (#214,382)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Kenneth L. Pearce
James Madison University

Citations of this work

Add more citations

References found in this work

What do philosophers believe?David Bourget & David J. Chalmers - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 170 (3):465-500.
The Nature of Necessity.Alvin Plantinga - 1974 - Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
Minds, Brains and Science.John R. Searle - 1984 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Knowing One’s Own Mind.Donald Davidson - 1987 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 60 (3):441-458.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.Edward N. Zalta (ed.) - 2014 - Stanford, CA: The Metaphysics Research Lab.

View all 65 references / Add more references