Spring 2010

The Problem of Evil

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-29  |  Religion, as RELI-51


Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)


(Offered as Religion 51 and Philosophy 29.) If God is omnibenevolent, then God would not want any creature to suffer evil; if God is omniscient, then God would know how to prevent any evil from occurring; and if God is omnipotent, then God would be able to prevent any evil from occurring. Does the obvious fact that there is evil in the world, then, give us reason to think that there is no such God? Alternatively: if an omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent God does exist, then what could possibly motivate such a God to permit the existence of evil? This course will survey recent philosophical discussions of these questions. We will read works by J. L. Mackie, Nelson Pike, John Hick, Alvin Plantinga, Robert and Marilyn Adams, and others.

Limited to 25 students.  Spring semester.  Professor A. Dole.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2015, Fall 2018