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Confronting the horror of natural evil: An exchange between Peter Coghlan and Nick Trakakis

Coghlan, Peter and Trakakis, Nick 2006, Confronting the horror of natural evil: An exchange between Peter Coghlan and Nick Trakakis, Sophia : international journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 5-26, doi: 10.1007/BF02782478.

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Title Confronting the horror of natural evil: An exchange between Peter Coghlan and Nick Trakakis
Author(s) Coghlan, Peter
Trakakis, Nick
Journal name Sophia : international journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics
Volume number 45
Issue number 2
Start page 5
End page 26
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Delft, Netherlands
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 0038-1527
1873-930X
Summary In this exchange, Peter Coghlan and Nick Trakakis discuss the problem of natural evil in the light of the recent Asian tsunami disaster. The exchange begins with an extract from a newspaper article written by Coghlan on the tsunami, followed by three rounds of replies and counter-replies, and ending with some final comments from Trakakis. While critical of any attempt to show that human life is good overall despite its natural evils, Coghlan argues that instances of natural evil, even horrific ones, can be justified as the unavoidable by-product of a natural system on which human life and culture depends. Trakakis, however, rejects this view, counselling instead a degree of skepticism about our ability to construct a plausible theodicy for horrific evil.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/BF02782478
Field of Research 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Ashgate Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021906

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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