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Problem of Evil instructions - Short Paper#1 PHIL 2003...

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Short Paper #1 PHIL 2003 – Intro to Philosophy Goals: This paper is intended (1) to give the student opportunity to explore a significant philosophical issue in-depth; (2) to challenge the student to examine a single issue from multiple perspectives; (3) to develop the student’s ability to engage in critical examination. Basic Assignment: Choose ONE of the following positions: The idea that pain is necessary as part of the body’s warning system The idea that evil is necessary so that we may better appreciate the Good The idea that evil is punishment for wrongdoing The idea that evil is the result of human free will The idea that evil is necessary for the development of moral character In particular, you must choose a position that you believe to be ultimately UNSUCCESSFUL in “solving” the Problem of Evil. Present “both sides of the story” on this particular objection to the Problem of Evil. First, explain the position and how it’s supposed to solve the problem. Next, justify why an intelligent and clear-thinking individual might find it persuasive or how one would have to think about the world in order for this solution to work. (At this point, you should have written at least a page and a half; otherwise, you haven’t done enough.) Finally, critically examine the response for
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