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Metaphysical Atheological Arguments and the Free Will Defense

Michael J. Almeida

in Freedom, God, and Worlds

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640027.003.0003
Metaphysical Atheological Arguments and the Free Will Defense

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The best known response to the logical problem of evil is surely Alvin Plantinga's free will defense. But the free will defense is also the most frequently misunderstood and misconstrued arguments in the literature on the logical problem of evil. It is shown in this chapter that there are at least three cogent formulations of the logical problem of evil. The free will defense is given careful exposition and discussion. Its relationship to the logical problem of evil and precisely what the free will defense aims to establish are given explicit statement. It is shown that the possibility of universal transworld depravity is not sufficient to establish that the logical problem of evil is unsound.

Keywords: logical; evil; depravity; free will; defense; Plantinga

Chapter.  14872 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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