The Problem of Evil: New Philosophical Directions

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Benjamin W. McCraw, Robert Arp
Lexington Books, Dec 24, 2015 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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This book engages the problem of evil from a variety of philosophical viewpoints, traditions, methodologies, and interests. For millennia, philosophers, theologians, and people outside of the academy have thought about evil and its relation to religious belief. The Problem of Evil: New Philosophical Directions aims to take this history of thought into evil while also extending the discourse in other directions; providing a multi-faceted collection of papers that take heed of the various ways one can think about evil and what role in may play in philosophical considerations of religion. From the nature of evil to the well-known problem of evil to the discussion of the problem in philosophical discourse, the collection provides a wide range of philosophical approaches to evil. Anyone interested in evil—its nature, relation to religious belief, its use in philosophical discussion, and so on—will find the papers in this book of interest.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Is Pure Evil Possible?
23
The Problem of Evil in the Speculative Mysticism of Meister Eckhart
35
Evil by Nobodies
51
Pursuing Pankalia
69
On the Impossibility of Omnimalevolence
85
Epistemic Evil Divine Hiddenness and SoulMaking
109
What the Hell Is God Up To?
127
Mystic Terror and Metaphysical Rebels
141
Redemptive Suffering
161
Predatory Goodness in the Discourse on Evil among AngloAmerican Philosophers of Religion
177
Index
191
About the Contributors
197
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Robert Arp is a research analyst for the US Army.

Benjamin W. McCraw teaches philosophy at University of South Carolina Upstate.

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