Evil and the Retributive Hypothesis
The book devotes itself mainly to critical examination of a system of belief, viz., the theistic belief. The problems of retributive justice, survival, personal identity, meaning of religious language, etc., come under the purview of discussion in course of this critical examination. The book, with its characteristically analytic and critical approach, raises certain interesting issues and tackles them with a freshness of insight, thus making significant contribution to the world of philosophy in general and to the area of philosophy of religion in particular.
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The Problem and Its Scope
A Critical Examination of Some Traditional
The Retributive Hypothesis
The Logical Structure of Critical Theism
The Logical Structure of the Retributive
Survival Reincarnation and Personal
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