Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Problem of Evil
By Peter Van Inwagen

The Problem of Evil

The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St Andrews in 2003

By (author) See other recent books by Peter Van Inwagen
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $105.95
Your Price: $95.36 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $10.59! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $4.77 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen

Book Description

It is generally supposed that the fact that the world contains a vast amount of suffering, much of it truly horrible suffering, confronts those who believe in an all-powerful and benevolent Creator with a serious problem: to explain why such a Creator would permit this. Many reflective people are convinced that the problem, the problem of evil, is insoluble. The reasons that underlie this conviction can be formulated as a powerful argument for the non-existence of God, the so-called argument from evil: If there were a God, he would not permit the existence of vast amounts of truly horrible suffering; since such suffering exists, there is no God. Peter van Inwagen examines this argument, which he regards as a paradigmatically philosophical argument. His conclusion is that (like most philosophical arguments) it is a failure. He seeks to demonstrate, not that God exists, but the fact that the world contains a vast amount of suffering does not show that God does not exist. Along the way he discusses a wide range of topics of interest to philosophers and theologians, such as: the concept of God; what might be meant by describing a philosophical argument as a failure; the distinction between versions of the argument from evil that depend on the vast amount of evil in the world and versions of the argument that depend on a particular evil, such as the Lisbon earthquake or the death of a fawn in a forest fire; the free-will defense; animal suffering; and the problem of the hiddenness of God.

Buy Problem of Evil book by Peter Van Inwagen from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780199245604
ISBN-10: 0199245606
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 145mm x 15mm)
Pages: 198
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Peter Van Inwagen

Metaphysics by Peter Van Inwagen Metaphysics, Paperback (August 2014)

An accessible introduction to metaphysics for readers with little or no background in philosophy.

Existence by Peter Van Inwagen Existence, Hardback (April 2014)

This is a collection of Peter van Inwagen's recent essays on ontology and meta-ontology.

Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen Problem of Evil, Paperback (April 2008)

The vast amount of suffering in the world is often held as a particularly powerful reason to deny that God exists. Highly accessible and carefully argued, Peter van Inwagen's book maintains that such reasoning does not hold, and that suffering should not undermine belief in God.

Persons by Peter Van Inwagen Persons, Hardback (January 2007)

The nature of persons is a perennial topic of debate in philosophy. This volume brings together metaphysical debates about the nature of human persons with related debates in philosophy of religion and theology. It explores idealist, dualist, and materialist views of persons, and discusses Christian conceptions of the value of embodiment.

» View all books by Peter Van Inwagen

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Problem of Evil book by Peter Van Inwagen and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Peter Van Inwagen

Peter van Inwagen is John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Peter Van Inwagen close
Metaphysics by Peter Van Inwagen
Existence by Peter Van Inwagen
Existence by Peter Van Inwagen
Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen
Metaphysics by Peter Van Inwagen
Persons by Peter Van Inwagen
Persons by Peter Van Inwagen
Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen
Ontology, Identity, and Modality by Peter Van Inwagen
Ontology, Identity, and Modality by Peter Van Inwagen
Material Beings by Peter Van Inwagen
Essay on Free Will by Peter Van Inwagen
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close