Evilism, moral rationalism, and reasons internalism

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I show that the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent, and essentially omnimalevolent being is impossible given only two metaethical assumptions (viz., moral rationalism and reasons internalism). I then argue (pace Stephen Law) that such an impossibility undercuts Law’s (Relig Stud 46(3):353–373, 2010) evil god challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Evidential problem of evil
  • Evil god challenge
  • Moral rationalism
  • Reasons internalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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