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Robert Audi: The Problem of Evil

Can Faith be Rational in the Face of the Horrific Evils of this World?

Date of Lecture: April 18, 2013

Robert AudiAbout the Speaker: Robert Audi is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he also is professor of management for the Mendoza College of Business. He is author of 16 books, including "Moral Perception" (Princeton University Press, 2013), "Rationality and Religious Commitment" (Clarendon Press, 2011), "The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value" (Princeton University Press, 2004) and "Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge" (Routledge, 1998). He also has written more than 200 papers appearing in journals and edited volumes and has served as general editor of the First Edition (1995) and Second Edition (1999) of "The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy."

He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

About the Talk: In this talk, Prof. Audi draws upon epistemology, ethics and metaphysics to argue that moral wrongs and natural disasters are rational under God. Rather than focusing on the cosmic perspective on the problem of evil, he also proposes a theocentric approach: Could a combination of good and evil in the world be of value to God's experience?

His lecture was sponsored by the McFarland Center and the Department of Philosophy.

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