Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Being, Freedom, and MethodThemes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John A. Keller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198715702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715702.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 28 June 2017

Defenseless

Defenseless

A Critique of Van Inwagen’s Response to the Argument from Evil

Chapter:
(p.159) 8 Defenseless
Source:
Being, Freedom, and Method
Author(s):

Louise Antony

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715702.003.0010

Philosophical tradition distinguishes the “logical” argument from evil from the “evidential” argument from evil. The logical argument aims to show that theism cannot be true, given the facts about suffering, while the evidential argument aims to show that theism is very unlikely to be true, given the facts about suffering. There is a fairly wide consensus among today’s atheist philosophers that the logical argument is unsuccessful, and so the evidential argument has become the more popular strategy. Peter van Inwagen, however, does not care which argument the atheist deploys. He believes that he has developed a “defense” of theism powerful enough to work against any appeal to suffering whatsoever. This paper disputes this and intends to show that van Inwagen’s “defense” is no defense at all.

Keywords:   evidential argument from evil, defense, van Inwagen, problem of evil, mystery, suffering

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .