Department of Philosophy Colloquium - Jorge Secada

The Problem of Evil


3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, 2023

Department of Philosophy Colloquium with speaker Jorge Secada, from the University of Virginia. More details to follow. The talk will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in Social Science 224.

This paper offers a refutation of all versions of the problem of evil. Using some of David Lewis’s work on modal realism, it argues that the existence of a personal and absolutely benevolent, all-powerful, and omniscient God is compatible with the existence of a world such as ours, containing apparently (and probably truly) monstruous and unjustified evil. The paper also speculates briefly on a response to the question, “why would God create a world such as ours?”