Wednesday, June 08, 2011

New Paper on Gratuitous Evil

Bass, Robert. "Many Inscrutable Evils", Ars Disputandi (forthcoming).

Here's the abstract:

I examine the evidential argument from inscrutable evil, evil for which we can see no morally adequate reason. Such evils are often thought to provide evidence for the existence of gratuitous evil that God could not be justified in allowing, but arguments for this are often informal and intuitive. I try to contribute greater rigor by developing a probabilistic argument that large numbers of inscrutable evils are strong evidence for the existence of gratuitous evil. Then, I consider and reject two plausible replies on behalf of the theist.

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