First published Wed Dec 14, 2005
Defined narrowly, epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief. As the study of knowledge, epistemology is concerned with the following questions: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions of knowledge? What are its sources? What is its structure, and what are its limits?
“Is [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then [God] is impotent.
Is [God] able, but not willing? Then [God] is malevolent. Is [God] both able and willing? whence then is evil?”
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume
Whence then is evil? Hmmm...
Is “evil” always just a matter of what people think and feel it is, or does it have a recognizable identity of its own, “out there in the world”, so to speak? Is evil something we discover, or is it something we project unto the world?