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The Arguments from Evil

Thomas Holden

in Spectres of False Divinity

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579945
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722776 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.003.0006
The Arguments from Evil

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This chapter examines Hume's nuanced treatment of the problem of evil, including his handling of the so-called logical problem, the inference problem, and the evidential problem. Hume has been widely interpreted as using the evidential argument from evil in particular to advance a positive case for divine amorality. However, it is argued that his real purpose in setting out a version of the evidential argument is simply to parody the traditional program of natural theology.

Keywords: evil; evidential problem; Hume; inference problem; logical problem; natural theology; problem of evil

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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