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Anti-Theodicy

Betenson, T. (2016) Anti-Theodicy. Philosophy Compass, 11 (1). pp. 56-65. DOI: 10.1111/phc3.12289

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Abstract

In this article, I outline the major themes of anti-theodicy'. Anti-theodicy is characterised as a reaction, as rejection, against traditional solutions to the problem of evil (called theodicies') and against the traditional formulations of the problem of evil to which those solutions respond. I detail numerous moral' anti-theodical objections to theodicy, illustrating the central claim of anti-theodicy: Theodicy is morally objectionable. I also detail some non-moral' anti-theodical objections, illustrating the second major claim of anti-theodicy: Traditional formulations of the problem of evil are conceptually misguided. My focus remains on the analytic philosophical tradition throughout, but I briefly allude to the rich theological tradition of anti-theodicy. Although we should recognise the significant degree of diversity amongst anti-theodical arguments and the philosophical views of their proponents, this article should serve to illustrate the general theme: Theodicies mediate a praxis that sanctions evil.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Philosophy and Religion
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 04:41
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 04:41
ISSN: 1747-9991
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6282
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1111/phc3.12289
Publisher: Wiley
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