God meets Satan’s Apple: the paradox of creation

Philosophical Studies 175 (12):2987-3004 (2018)
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It is now the majority view amongst philosophers and theologians that any world could have been better. This places the choice of which world to create into an especially challenging class of decision problems: those that are discontinuous in the limit. I argue that combining some weak, plausible norms governing this type of problem with a creator who has the attributes of the god of classical theism results in a paradox: no world is possible. After exploring some ways out of the paradox, I conclude that the classical theist should accept Marilyn Adams’s view that no norms apply to gods.

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Daniel Rubio
Toronto Metropolitan University


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