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Harmony and beauty, disease and suffering

ZATTI, MARIO (2001) Harmony and beauty, disease and suffering. [Preprint]

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    The order and harmony of the universe can be much more easily reconciled with the iniquity of nature (incomprehensible natural calamities) if we consider that the universe is accidental and not something responding to a deliberate creative project. The exercise of free will, however, is possible only in the presence of a certain measure of indeterminacy, and this necessarily entails the possibility of unpredictable disaster. It must be said, then, in the light of the Anthropic Principle, that if man were to exist as a subject endowed with free will, then the iniquity of nature, pain and suffering would also have to exist. The latter are profoundly related to free will, not only because they may stem from an evil use of it, but also because they are the sine qua non for its very existence.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: free will, pain
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Religion
    Depositing User: Mario Zatti
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 571
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/571

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