Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God

Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God

Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God

Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God

Synopsis

The author revisits the cast of characters of his well-known Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality in this lively and absorbing dialogue on good, evil, and the existence of God. Does evil in the world present a problem to those who believe in the perfection of God? What is the nature of human evil? Can fully rational actions be intentionally evil? Gretchen Weirob and her friends tackle these questions and more in a dialogue that exemplifies the subtleties and intricacies of philosophical reflection. Once again, Perry's ability to get to the heart of matters combines with his mastery of the dialogue form.

Excerpt

Gretchen Weirob, Sam Miller, and Dave Cohen are my inventions. I think of them as having a life beyond these Dialogues, however, that explains how they came to be written. When Weirob, Miller, and Cohen had philosophical conversations, Miller kept fairly detailed notes. He wrote these notes up in a rather dry fashion, which focused on the arguments. Dave Cohen gave me a lot of information about how the conversations actually went, and of course, I have my own memories of Gretchen. These are the sources I have used to reconstruct this dialogue and its counterpart, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality.

Given Sam's methodical ways, it is surprising that his notes on these conversations were so scattered about. But as it turned out, the notes were inserted in the copies of books they had discussed in the conversations. The notes for the other Dialogue were found in Sam's copy of Locke Essay, which I borrowed from his library not long after he died. I had no idea that Sam had saved notes of other conversations until a couple of years ago, when the task of sorting all of his books fell to me. The notes for this conversation were found in his copy of Augustine Confessions.

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