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Paper2 - (iv Fourth evaluate Mackie’s argument Has he...

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Paper 2 Due Monday, November 26, 2007 Questions?  Contact me: Office: Humanities 553 Office phone: 277-3447 Email:  [email protected] Paper prompt : Does the problem of evil, as Mackie suggests, show that religious belief is “positively irrational”? Your  response must have several parts:  (i) First, explain how Mackie defines the problem (54-55). Do this carefully.  Note  that to produce  “the contradiction” one needs “additional premises” (55). Be sure to explain this. (ii) Second, discuss what Mackie calls “adequate solutions” (55-56) to the problem. Why does he  think these solutions are  adequate ? (iii) Third, discuss  each  of the “fallacious solutions” (57-67) and explain carefully and concisely  why Mackie thinks each of them is  fallacious . This is the most complicated part of the paper, so  spend the most time on it.
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Unformatted text preview: (iv) Fourth, evaluate Mackie’s argument. Has he shown that religious beliefs “are positively irrational, that the several parts of the essential religious doctrine are inconsistent with one another …” (54)? This is your chance (a) to refute Mackie, or (b) to applaud him for stating clearly what you’ve always thought to be true. Either way , you must explain yourself rigorously, not simply by asserting that Mackie is right or wrong but by analyzing his arguments . If you have time, you might also include one or two paragraphs of any additional considerations that you think are relevant. Basic requirements Papers should be 4-5 pages, double-spaced, typewritten, submitted in class , and stapled . I cannot accept papers that don’t meet these basic requirements....
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