Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen

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 The Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen from Australia's Online Independent 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 - The Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen

Book Reviews - The Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen

» 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 Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Peter Van Inwagen

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

Books By Peter Van Inwagen

Thinking About Free Will by Peter Van Inwagen
Hardback, March 2017
$175.50
Metaphysics by Peter Van Inwagen
Paperback, August 2014
$54.00
Existence by Peter Van Inwagen
Hardback, April 2014
$148.50
Problem of Evil by Peter Van Inwagen
Paperback, April 2008
$40.46