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The question of evil has troubled theologians and philosophers for millennia. How could a just and loving god allow for human-inflicted evils such as genocide and torture? Are these painful parts of the human experience the inevitable outcome of god-given free will? Part of BBC Radio 4’s A History of Ideas series, this animated short uses comic book-style animations to explore one of philosophy’s most challenging and ubiquitous questions, examining the ‘free will defence’, which some believers in a good god have put forward to explain why we still suffer at each other’s hands.
What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth?
Meaning and the good life
To know or not to know? Lillian weighs the costs of a life-changing genetic test
Liquid experiments show how beautiful things can happen when chemicals meet
Philosophy of mind
Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states
History of ideas
How did ‘personal responsibility’ evolve into its opposite, ‘everyone for themselves’?
Thinkers and theories
Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher
Dance and theatre
Close-up on kabuki – the colourful ‘pure entertainment’ of Japan’s Edo period
Building ‘bigger and better’ has pushed cosmology forward. Can it take it any further?
How Hokusai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon