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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 26, Issue 1, 2014

J. Caleb Clanton
Pages 65-95
DOI: 10.5840/philtheol20143114

Josiah Royce on Job and the Problem of Evil

This article reconstructs and evaluates Josiah Royce’s treatment of the problem of evil. I begin with an explanation of how Royce understands Job’s situation in the biblical account to be representative of the human predicament with respect to God and evil (§1). Next, I assess Royce’s account of three relatively familiar responses to the problem of evil he means to reject (§2), and then I provide an analysis of his own proposal for addressing the problem (§3). In the final section of the paper, I raise four objections to Royce’s idealist theodicy (§4).

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