Privation theories of pain


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-009-9202-4

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Swenson, A. Int J Philos Relig (2009) 66: 139. doi:10.1007/s11153-009-9202-4


Most modern writers accept that a privation theory of evil should explicitly account for the evil of pain. But pains are quintessentially real. The evil of pain does not seem to lie in an absence of good. Though many directly take on the challenges this raises, the metaphysics and axiology of their answers is often obscure. In this paper I try to straighten things out. By clarifying and categorizing the possible types of privation views, I explore the ways in which privationists about evil are—or should or could be—privationists about pain’s evil.


Privation theories Problem of evil Physical evil Suffering Pain Hick Christian science Privation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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