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Spectres of False DivinityHume's Moral Atheism$
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Thomas Holden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.001.0001

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The Arguments from Evil

The Arguments from Evil

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(p.145) 6 The Arguments from Evil
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Spectres of False Divinity
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Thomas Holden (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.003.0006

This chapter examines Hume's nuanced treatment of the problem of evil, including his handling of the so-called logical problem, the inference problem, and the evidential problem. Hume has been widely interpreted as using the evidential argument from evil in particular to advance a positive case for divine amorality. However, it is argued that his real purpose in setting out a version of the evidential argument is simply to parody the traditional program of natural theology.

Keywords:   evil, evidential problem, Hume, inference problem, logical problem, natural theology, problem of evil

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