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:
The Arguments from Evil

Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  12420 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.