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Existence and Goodness

Hugh Rice

in God and Goodness

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250282.003.0005
 Existence and Goodness

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Argues that objective value is capable of explaining, not just our believing this or that, but also the very existence of order. The natural order exists because it is good that it should do so. This idea, I claim, is a natural extension of ordinary thinking. I also argue that the explanation of the existence of the world directly in terms of goodness is to be preferred to an account that introduces a mediating God, who creates the world because he perceives that it would be good that such a world should exist; and further, that it is reasonable to prefer it to an account according to which the existence of the world has no explanation.

Keywords: existence; explanation; God; goodness; mediation; natural order; objective value; order

Chapter.  6887 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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