like it. 5. Evaluate whether you think his argument works or fails: if possible utilize some of the pertinent ideas from any of the reading, handouts or thinkers we have discussed to help explain why you think the argument is successful or not. 6. For James, does Goodness require the existence of free will and by that extension the belief in God? 7. For James, can the meaning of evil be meaningful without free will and without free will rooted in God’s Goodness? 2. Explain and evaluate St. Augustine’s understanding of free will as it relates to sin and evil. Then relate to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? (25 pts) 1. Does God cause evil? If so, why, If not, why not. 2. Do we learn evil? If so, why, If not, why not. 3. Explain how you can freely become unfree? 4. What is inordinate desire and how does that cause us to become lost as to what is right and wrong? 5. Examine the sense of lostness in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. 6. Why is the prisoner pained, suffering and perplexed when he is released from his shackles? Indeed, why is he having difficulty naming the objects in front of him and how does that relate to knowledge and truth?
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