The Copernican Principle, Intelligent Extraterrestrials, and Arguments from Evil

Religious Studies:1-21 (forthcoming)
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Samuel Ruhmkorff
Bard College At Simon's Rock
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The physicist Richard Gott defends the Copernican principle, which claims that when we have no information about our position along a given dimension among a group of observers, we should consider ourselves to be randomly located among those observers in respect to that dimension. First, I apply Copernican reasoning to the distribution of evil in the universe. I then contend that evidence for intelligent extraterrestrial life strengthens four important versions of the argument from evil. I remain neutral regarding whether this result is a reductio of these arguments from evil or the statement of a genuine evidential relationship.
Keywords Copernican principle  problem of evil  extraterrestrial life  Richard Gott
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DOI 10.1017/S0034412518000045
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