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Unformatted text preview: • Back to the stone o Perhaps omnipotence is not a matter of being able to do anything. Perhaps it is instead a matter of being able to do anything it is possible to do. • Leibniz’s (1647-1716) answer o “the best plan is not always that which seeks to avoid evil.” o “God allowed to certain creatures the opportunity of exercising their free will even when he foresaw that they would turn to evil.” • Responses to the problem o “God is giving us a test.” o “Evil is just a privation.” o “Things balance out” o “No mountains without valleys” o Is the existence of some evil compatible with the existence of the GCB? (defense) o Is the existence of the actual amount of evil compatible with the GCB? (theodicy) • Moral virtues that require evil o Forgiveness, Compassion, Mercy, Perseverance, Courage...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '06 term at UVA.
- Fall '06