The Scope of Human Autonomy

  • George N. Schlesinger
Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 16)


The prospect of posthumous punishment raises a special problem of evil that has less frequently been discussed than the problem arising out of the pain and sorrow we witness all around us. It is also a problem which will obviously not lend itself to most of the suggested solutions to the standard problem of evil. For example, the advocates of the famous free-will-defense maintain that God created agents endowed with the freedom of choice and all our miseries are the result of the freely willed wrong choices of these creatures.


Ultimate Fate Human Autonomy Earthly Life Virtuous Response Eternal Damnation 
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    John Zeis “To Hell with Freedom”, Sophia 1986.Google Scholar
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    In Ecclesiastics Rabba III,9; 1, in the name of the Talmudic sage R. Reuben is cited a parable of a king who made a banquet and invited guests to it. Some of the guests failed to heed the king’s request that they bring with them certain provisions to be able to enjoy fully the festivities. Consequently they were not comfortable and blamed the king for mistreating them.Google Scholar

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