Sometimes It’s Rational to Act Arbitrarily
February 11, 2011 — 22:16

Author: Kenny Pearce  Category: Problem of Evil  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 10

In the middle sections of his 12th chapter, Sobel goes through a series of adjustments to his deductive argument from evil designed to get around various versions of the Free Will Defense and other tactics attempted by theists. For reasons mentioned earlier, I am not happy with Sobel’s formal treatment of these arguments, so I’m going to reconstruct the substance of the argument somewhat differently. Consider the following:

  1. If there were a perfect being, it would take a best course of action available to it in creating the world
  2. If a perfect being took the best course of action available to it in creating the world, the result would be very different from what we observe.
  3. But the world is as we observe it to be.
    Therefore,
  4. There is no perfect being.

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