The Possibility Of Evil Essays and Term Papers

Free Will and the Problem of Evil

In this paper, I will attempt to show that J.L. Mackie’s objection to the free will account of The Problem of Evil is not successful. In Evil and Omnipotence, Mackie claims that God cannot be considered “both omnipotent and wholly good” (Mackie, p. 209) as he does not avail of the possibility of ...

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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth And Evil

In a play that is abundant in evil occurrences, Lady Macbeth is the overriding source of evil in the first act. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan, despite Macbeth listing eight reasons against the murder. When Macbeth is alone, we discover that he is a loyal thane to Duncan, not ...

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Richard Swinburne's "The Problem Of Evil": God's Existence

Philosophers have looked for ways to explain God's existence for centuries. One such argment that the believer must justify in order to maintain the possibility of God's existence is the problem of evil. In his essay, "The Problem of Evil," by Richard Swinburne, the author attempts to explain ...

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Evil From Morals

By textbook definition, evil is "What is morally wrong, what hinders the realization of good" (Webster). If that is evil, then what is good? It's "what is morally excellent, virtuous, well behaved, dutiful." (Webster) Philosophers have argued over what evil is and why it exists for thousands of ...

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: Is There Evil Inside All Of Us

Stevenson suggest in this novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that there is evil in all of us? He also suggests that we would bring the evil out of our bodies if we could. In the beginning of the novel Stevenson is all for letting your evil out, but towards the end of the novel he ...

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The Root Of All Evil,macbeth

G.R. Elliot once said, "wicked intention must in the end produce wicked action unless it is not merely revoked by the protagonist's better feelings, but entirely eradicated by his inmost will, aided by Divine grace." This statement can be directly applied to Macbeth's descent into the darker ...

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Moby Dick: Good And Evil

The moral ambiguity of the universe is prevalent throughout Melville's Moby Dick. None of the characters represent pure evil or pure goodness. Even Melville's description of Ahab, whom he repeatedly refers to "monomaniacal," suggesting an amorality or psychosis, is given a chance to be seen as a ...

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The Problem In Macbeth

1. We have already seen that the focus is on Macbeth and his wife, furthermore, we have seen that the crucial problem is the decision and the act, especially in which sense you can consciously and freely choose to do evil, then do it and then be faced with the consequences. The problem is old. ...

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Descartes 2

How does Descartes try to extricate himself from the sceptical doubts that he has raised? Does he succeed? by Tom Nuttall [All page references and quotations from the Meditations are taken from the 1995 Everyman edition] In the Meditations, Descartes embarks upon what Bernard Williams ...

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Alienation and Self-destruction in Sylvia Plath's and Anne Sexton's Poetry

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research University of Algiers 2 Abou el Kacem Saâdallah Faculty of Foreign Languages Department of English Alienation and Self-destruction in Sylvia Plath's and Anne Sexton's ...

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Satanism

The attention given recently by the mass media to some episodes more or less directly tied to the world of is a symptom and effect of a morbid curiosity exhibited today by many with regard to the occult in general and also to the satanic in particular. All the more urgent then is the necessity of ...

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Moby Dick

It is easy to see why Melville, himself a prey to the deepest forebodings about the optimism of his day, recognized at once his kinship of spirit with Hawthorne. "There is a certain tragic phase of humanity which, in our opinion (he wrote), was never more powerfully embodied than by Hawthorne." A ...

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Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

The book Mary Reilly is the sequel to the famous The Strange Case of . The Strange Case of by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a stark, ingeniously woven, engaging novel. That tells the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, his is ...

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Descartes First Meditation

Descartes’ first meditation, his main objective is to present three skeptical arguments to bring doubt upon what he considers his basic beliefs. Descartes believes this to be an intricate part of his complete epistemological argument. Descartes skeptical arguments are not intended to be a ...

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First Meditation

Descartes’ , his main objective is to present three skeptical arguments to bring doubt upon what he considers his basic beliefs. Descartes believes this to be an intricate part of his complete epistemological argument. Descartes skeptical arguments are not intended to be a denial of his basic ...

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Descartes' Skeptical Argument And Reponses By Bouwsma And Malcolm

In this essay, I will examine Rene Descartes' skeptical argument and responses by O.K. Bouwsma and Norman Malcolm. I intend to prove that while both Bouwsma and Malcolm make points that refute specific parts of Descartes' argument in their criticisms, neither is sufficient in itself to refute ...

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Crime And Punishment 4

In Dostoevsky's novels pain and some heavy burden of the inevitability of human suffering and helplessness form Russia. And he depicts it not with white gloves on, nor through the blisters of the peasant, but through people who are close to him and his realities: city people who either have ...

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Crime And Punishment .

In Dostoevsky's novels pain and some heavy burden of the inevitability of human suffering and helplessness form Russia. And he depicts it not with white gloves on, nor through the blisters of the peasant, but through people who are close to him and his realities: city people who either have ...

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Frankenstein Biography, Settin

Most people know of Mary Shelley as the writer of Frankenstein and the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. However, she was far more than that, and parts of her life were just as dramatic and tragic, if not more so, than her famous gothic novel. Mary's parents were themselves well-known in ...

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Crime And Punishment

In Dostoevsky's novels pain and some heavy burden of the inevitability of human suffering and helplessness form Russia. And he depicts it not with white gloves on, nor through the blisters of the peasant, but through people who are close to him and his realities: city people who either have ...

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