Thomas Aquinas and the Modern and Contemporary Debate on Evil
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2013
© 2013 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1054, pages 733–754, November 2013
How to Cite
Echavarría, A. (2013), Thomas Aquinas and the Modern and Contemporary Debate on Evil. New Blackfriars, 94: 733–754. doi: 10.1111/nbfr.12034
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2013
- Thomas Aquinas;
- Free Will Defence
This article aims to demonstrate that Thomas Aquinas's metaphysics of being, in which evil is considered a privation or lack of perfection introduced only by the creature against God's intention, is a remarkable starting point for solving the main problems involved in the modern and contemporary debate on the problem of evil. It also seeks to prove that Aquinas's position is neither reducible to an ‘optimistic theodicy’ –such as Leibniz's theodicy– nor to a ‘free will defence’.