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Aquinas on evil and the will: a response to Mackie

Rodriguez, Facundo (2020) Aquinas on evil and the will: a response to Mackie. New Blackfriars. ISSN 1741-2005

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Abstract

This article argues that, without being reducible to a version of the Free Will Defence, Aquinas´ theodicy and philosophical theology can offer contemporary versions of the Free Will Defence stronger metaphysical and theological foundations from which a response to Mackie´s compatibilistic challenge – probably the most serious challenge against this defence – can be derived. Mackie´s challenge to the Free Will Defence is the argument that the possibility of evil is not a necessary condition for the existence of free will, for God – if He existed and was omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omniscient – could have and would have created rational and free agents such that they would always freely choose the good. I claim, following Aquinas´ hylomorphic ontology, that the creation of such a will is logically impossible as it would require the creation of a will containing naturally and invariably the formality of the universal and perfect good, and so the creation of a will indistinct from God´s, which is by nature uncreated.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17412005
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 11:39
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 07:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104709

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