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Horrendous evils and the ethical perfection of God

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Horrendous evils pose distinctive challenges for belief in an ethically perfect God. To home in on these challenges, I construct an ethical framework for theodicy by sketching four cases of human action where horrors are either caused, permitted, or risked, either for pure benefit (i.e., a benefit that does not avert a still greater harm) or for harm avoidance.

I then bring the framework and the moral valuations confirmed by this casuistry to bear on the project of theodicy. I constr...

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Supervisor
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Supervisor
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:eb53f360-8c22-491c-8a2d-274031ae0890
Local pid:
ora:6484

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