Toward a Reactive Attitudes Theodicy

In Peter Furlong & Leigh Vicens (eds.), Theological Determinism: New Perspectives. Cambridge University Press. pp. 231–50 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

According to the argument from gratuitous evil, if God were to exist, then gratuitous evil wouldn’t; but gratuitous evil does exist, so God doesn’t. We can evaluate different views of divine providence with respect to the resources they are able to bring to bear when encountering this argument. By these lights, theological determinism is often seen as especially problematic: the determinist is seen as having an impoverished set of resources to draw from in her attempts to respond to the argument from gratuitous evil. In particular, there is an important resource – an appeal to free will – that many have claimed is unavailable to the determinist. I argue that the determinist does not in fact suffer from this particular resource deficit. I do so by examining some recent work on determinist responses to the problem of evil, analyzing some of the ways in which they fall short, and proposing a new response that is informed by those shortcomings. This new response is built on an appeal to the reactive attitudes.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The resentful and the indignant.David Botting - 2016 - Ethic@ - An International Journal for Moral Philosophy 15 (1):36-49.
Responsibility and Dignity: Strawsonian Themes.Bennett W. Helm - 2011 - In Carla Bagnoli (ed.), Morality and the Emotions. Oxford University Press. pp. 217-34.
Dissolving Reactive Attitudes: Forgiving and Understanding.Lucy Allais - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (2):179-201.
Public Justification and the Reactive Attitudes.Anthony Taylor - 2018 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 17 (1):97-113.
Modification of the Reactive Attitudes.David Goldman - 2014 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95 (1):1-22.
In defense of non-reactive attitudes.Per-Erik Milam - 2017 - Philosophical Explorations 20 (3):294-307.
Dissolving reactive attitudes: Forgiving and Understanding.Lucy Allais - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):197-201.
Response-Dependence in Moral Responsibility: A Granularity Challenge.Shawn Tinghao Wang - 2022 - American Philosophical Quarterly 59 (3):273–285.
Moral Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes and Freedom of Will.Robert Kane - 2016 - The Journal of Ethics 20 (1-3):229-246.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-07-08

Downloads
205 (#93,227)

6 months
142 (#21,342)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Garrett Pendergraft
Pepperdine University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references