Comparing Three Twentieth-Century Philosophical Antitheodicies

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology en
dc.contributor.author Pihlström, Sami Johannes
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-14T14:06:01Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-14T14:06:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Pihlström , S J 2017 , ' Comparing Three Twentieth-Century Philosophical Antitheodicies ' , Humanities , vol. 6 , no. 4 , 98 . https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040098 en
dc.identifier.issn 2076-0787
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-6410-8382/work/39705735
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/229607
dc.description.abstract This paper compares three twentieth-century examples of antitheodicist thought in the philosophy of religion (and, more generally, ethics): William James’s pragmatism, D.Z. Phillips’s Wittgensteinianism, and Emmanuel Levinas’s post-Holocaust ethical reflection on suffering. It is argued that all three—despite their enormous differences, given that the three thinkers discussed come from distinct philosophical traditions—share the fundamental antitheodicist argument according to which theodicies seeking to justify God’s reasons for allowing the world to contain horrible evil and suffering amount to morally problematic, or even immoral, failures to acknowledge other human beings and their meaningless suffering. Furthermore, it is suggested that this antitheodicist line of thought shared by all three is based on a Kantian transcendental analysis of the necessary conditions for the possibility of occupying a moral perspective on the world. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 614 Theology en
dc.subject 611 Philosophy en
dc.title Comparing Three Twentieth-Century Philosophical Antitheodicies en
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040098
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