Evil and the reasons of God: The theodicy project and its adequacy conditions

Ricardo Sousa Silvestre


Our purpose in this paper is to contribute to the project of meta-theodicy, understood here as the elucidation of the concept of theodicy through the analysis of its adequacy conditions. In our case, the analysis shall be made inside a framework including a taxonomical view of the theodical adequacy conditions which allows for a rigorously acceptable description of them as well as for a natural appraisal of their role and importance, and of the intra-logical relations holding between them. The result of the such analysis shall be used to introduce definitions minimally precise of the notions of theodicy, satisfactory theodicy, plausible theodicy, ideal theodicy, and the like.

Key words: analytic philosophy of religion, problem of evil, meta-theodicy, conditions of adequacy.

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