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Sophia

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 131–138 | Cite as

On the alleged connection between moral evil and human freedom: A response to Trakakis’ second critique

  • Joel Thomas Tierno
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Abstract

In this essay, I answer Nick Trakakis’ second critique of my argument against the adequacy of traditional free will theodicy. I argue, first, that Trakakis errs in his implicit assertion that my argument relies upon our being strongly malevolent by nature. I argue, second, that Trakakis errs in thinking that our being weakly benevolent, morally bivalent, or weakly malevolent by nature is sufficient to refute my critique of the traditional freewill theodicy. I still maintain that the argument from freedom of the will offers an explanation of moral evil that is, in the final analysis, manifestly inadequate.

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Natural Disposition Adequate Explanation Human Freedom Moral Evil Receive Nature 
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© Springer SBM B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyCommunity College of Southern NevadaUSA

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