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  1. Introduction
    Introduction: Essential Philosophy (Preview Content)
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  2. Dr. Schenk's Story: Essential Philosophy (Preview Content)
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  3. Lessons & Discussions
    Lesson 1: Fundamental Distinctions Used in Philosophy (Preview Content)
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  4. Discussion 1: Paying Attention to Your Own Thinking
  5. Lesson 2: Popular Errors in Academia (Preview Content)
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  6. Discussion 2: Discussion of Three Common Academic Errors
  7. Lesson 3: Skepticism about Truth (Preview Content)
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  8. Lesson 4: Three Examples of Faulty Reasoning
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  9. Lesson 5: Ontology--The Study of Being
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  10. Discussion 3: Discussion of the Ontological Argument
  11. Lesson 6: Anselm’s Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
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  12. Lesson 7: Anselm’s Ontological Argument Continued
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  13. Discussion 4: Alvin Plantinga's Contribution to Arguments for the Existence of God
  14. Lesson 8: Aquinas' Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God
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  15. Lesson 9: Craig's Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God
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  16. Discussion 5: Why Do We Keep Arguing about the Existence of God?
  17. Lesson 10: Grunbaum’s Response to the Cosmological Argument
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  18. Discussion 6: Why is There Something and Not Nothing?
  19. Lesson 11: Introduction to the Problem of Evil
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  20. Lesson 12: Solution to the Problem of Evil
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  21. Discussion 7: The Problem of Evil
  22. Lesson 13: Theodicies for the Greater Good Argument
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  23. Lesson 14: William Rowe’s Evidential Version of the Problem of Evil Argument
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  24. Lesson 15: The Design Argument for the Existence of God
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  25. Lesson 16: The Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God
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  26. Lesson 17: The Fine-Tuning Argument Continued
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  27. Discussion 8: The Fine-Tuning Argument
  28. Lesson 18: The Free Will Debate
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  29. Discussion 9: The Free Will Debate
  30. Lesson 19: David Hume's Radical Empiricism and Argument Against Causation
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  31. Lesson 20: Roderick Chisholm's Theory of Agency
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  32. Lesson 21:Chisholm's Critique of Hume's Compatibilist Theory of Action
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  33. Lesson 22: The Need for a Theory of Action
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  34. Lesson 23: Frankfurt's Theory of Action
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  35. Discussion 10: Why Educators Should Study Philosophy
  36. Discussion 11: Why Dr. Schenk Moved from Atheism to Theism
  37. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Essential Philosophy
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This lecture is a continuation of the theodicies for the Greater Good Argument introduced in Lesson 12. This lecture covers the Virtue Theodicy and the Connection-Building Theodicy.

Dr. Schenk recommends Richard Swinburne’s article “Why God Allows Evil,” which provides an overview of moral evil, natural evil, and the Virtue Theodicy (covered in this lecture). This article is available from Western Michigan University at the link provided.