PHI 1 UC Davis Homework Assignment #4

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Put the following argument into standard form in way that captures as much of the reasoning as possible, and which does not contain any idle premises, i.e., premises that are not needed to make the argument valid. Display the pattern your reconstruction fits, in symbols, to the right of the reconstruction.

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• Put the following argument into standard form in way that captures as much of the reasoning as possible, and which does not contain any idle premises, i.e., premises that are not needed to make the argument valid. Display the pattern your reconstruction fits, in symbols, to the right of the reconstruction.

It is clear that God does not exist. For God, if he exists, would be an essentially omnipotent, essentially omniscient, and essentially omnibenevolent being who created the entire universe, i.e., the actual world. And one rather plausible expectation of a being who is essentially omnipotent, essentially omniscient, and essentially perfectly good is that this being create the best possible world. After all, if God is perfectly good then he will create the best possible world that he is able to create, and if he is omnipotent, he is able to create any possible world. However, the amount, the types, the intensity, and the distribution of evil we see around us seem to point rather overwhelmingly to the conclusion that ours, the actual world, is most certainly not the best possible world.

Adapted from H. Hudson, The Metaphysics of Hyperspace (Oxford University Press: 2005), p. 163

• In two or three sentences, mention a specific premise from your reconstruction of the above argument by its number, and cast doubt on it using one of the techniques (which you should also mention by name) discussed in chapter 4 of the C&P text.

PHI 1: Introduction to Philosophy UC Davis: Winter 2019 Homework Assignment #4 Due in lecture on Thursday, 28 Feb. 2109 Assignment: • Put the following argument into standard form in way that captures as much of the reasoning as possible, and which does not contain any idle premises, i.e., premises that are not needed to make the argument valid. Display the pattern your reconstruction fits, in symbols, to the right of the reconstruction. It is clear that God does not exist. For God, if he exists, would be an essentially omnipotent, essentially omniscient, and essentially omnibenevolent being who created the entire universe, i.e., the actual world. And one rather plausible expectation of a being who is essentially omnipotent, essentially omniscient, and essentially perfectly good is that this being create the best possible world. After all, if God is perfectly good then he will create the best possible world that he is able to create, and if he is omnipotent, he is able to create any possible world. However, the amount, the types, the intensity, and the distribution of evil we see around us seem to point rather overwhelmingly to the conclusion that ours, the actual world, is most certainly not the best possible world. Adapted from H. Hudson, The Metaphysics of Hyperspace (Oxford University Press: 2005), p. 163 • In two or three sentences, mention a specific premise from your reconstruction of the above argument by its number, and cast doubt on it using one of the techniques (which you should also mention by name) discussed in chapter 4 of the C&P text. 1

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