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    Maller, Mark 2009. Animals and the Problem of Evil in Recent Theodicies. Sophia, Vol. 48, Issue. 3, p. 299.


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Non-human animals and process theodicy

  • GARY CHARTIER (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0034412505008097
  • Published online: 01 March 2006
Abstract

I argue that that the suffering of non-human animals poses some potentially knotty difficulties for process theodicy. To respond satisfactorily to the problem of evil as it involves animals, process theists will, I argue, need either to defend some form of consequentialism or make a number of potentially plausible but certainly contestable empirical claims. I begin this internal critique by explaining the nature of the process response to the problem of evil. I explain how process thought can respond with reasonable effectiveness to the general problem of the suffering of non-human animals while highlighting the special difficulty predation might be thought to pose for the process thinker. Then, I elaborate alternative consequentialist and non-consequentialist process accounts of divine goodness in the face of the harm to non-human animals caused by predation. After summarizing my analyses in the conclusion, I underscore the costs associated with these alternatives.

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