Process theism and physical evil

Sophia 31 (3):16-27 (1992)
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Process theism has been in the limelight for the past few decades for its controversial and refreshing conception of God. One aspect of process theism that has received increasing attention is process theodicy. However, in regard to this problem, it must be said that none of the process philosophers had devoted more attention to it than Charles Hartshorne. This paper reviews Hartshorne's strategy for a process solution of physical evil. The conclusion is that Hartshorne's attempt to collapse the problem of physical evil into the problem of moral evil via the free-will defence and pan-psychism is bogged down by a serious hitch



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