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Title: Theodicy on Trial
Authors: Ooi, D 
Issue Date: Apr-2022
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Citation: Ooi, D (2022-04). Theodicy on Trial. Philosophia (United States). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Moral anti-theodicists have posed a consequentialist argument against the theodical enterprise: that theodicies lead to harmful consequences in reality and that this should be sufficient reason to motivate abandoning the practise of theodicising altogether. In this paper, I examine variants of this argument and discuss several prominent responses from theodicists, including the separation thesis. I argue that while these responses are effective in resisting the global conclusion by the anti-theodicist, it still leaves the theodical enterprise vulnerable to a weaker version of the consequentialist critique. In response, I develop an account of ‘theodicies-of-embrace-protest’ which is able to preserve the meaningful strides made in traditional theodicies while taking seriously the criticisms of the moral anti-theodicists. I suggest that sceptical theism fits this bill.
Source Title: Philosophia (United States)
ISSN: 00483893
DOI: 10.1007/s11406-022-00493-0
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