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The Problems of Suffering and Evil…

The Problems of Suffering and Evil (Marquette Studies in Philosophy)

by John Cowburn

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In many lectures and books what is called 'the problem of evil' belongs to pure philosophy or to theology. It may be formulated as the question: Is the proposition 'God exists' logically compatible with the proposition 'evil exists'? It is an obvious mistake, and one often made by philosophers, to limit the problem in this way; but it is equally a mistake to dismiss the intellectual problem as remote from life, for sense must be made of life if we are to cope with it emotionally and engage in efficacious action. I shall face the intellectual problem I mentioned, and I shall also deal with repentance, forgiveness and retributive justice. Also, I shall draw on some works of literature such as Shakespeares plays and Dostoyevskys novels. Of course, Iago and the characters in The Brothers Karamazov never existed; but Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky thought a great deal about what goes on in the minds and hearts of men and women who commit or are hurt by evil deeds …. (From the Introduction)

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