Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA)
Second Committee Member
Desires, Flourishing, Love, Perfect Being Theism, Problem of Evil, Virtue Ethics
J.L. Schellenberg has recently formulated a new logical problem of evil that is claimed to avoid Alvin Plantinga’s Free Will Defence. I begin my argument against this new formulation by analyzing the grounding for some of God’s maximal perfections. God’s maximal moral perfection, for example, is grounded in virtuous potentialities that are disposed to the actualization of virtuous actions. From this account, I argue that Schellenberg’s logical problem of evil fails due to one of the following two reasons. First, some good actualizations of good potentialities require evil but compose the best worlds. Second, both (1) good actualizations that require evil; and (2) love that is directed at the flourishing of individuals, which requires that their potentials become actualizations, some of which require evil; are morally sufficient reasons for allowing at least small amounts of evil.
Irby, Stephen Thomas, "Potentials, Actuals, and the Logical Problem of Evil" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 3257.