In hume’s analysis of epicurus, a more formalized argument begins to take shape unless terminology is redefined (as it is in previous theodicies), there are only three possibilities: (1) god is not omnipotent, (2) god is not omnibenevolent, (3) evil does not exist. The problem of evil refers to the challenge of reconciling belief in an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent god, with the existence of evil and suffering in the world the problem may be described either experientially or theoretically.
Epicurus's argument as presented by lactantius actually argues that a god that is all-powerful and all-good does not exist and that the gods are distant and uninvolved with man's concerns the gods are neither our friends nor enemies david hume david hume's formulation of the problem of evil in dialogues concerning natural. David hume — ‘epicurus's old questions are still unanswered: is he (god) willing to prevent evil, but not able then he is impotent is he able, but not epicurus's old questions are still unanswered: is he (god) willing to prevent evil, but not able then he is impotent.
Here's what hume scholar j c a gaskin says in the explanatory notes to his edition of hume's dialogues concerning natural religion: [n]o such terse and effective sequence of questions occurs in any extant work of epicurus. Talk:epicurus from wikiquote jump to navigation jump to search this is the talk page for discussing improvements to the epicurus page as tightly argued as it is, i don't even think it's a correct quote from hume: epicurus's old questions are yet unanswered / is he willing to prevent evil, but not able then is he impotent.
Epicurus was an ancient greek philosopher, born on the island samos he was the founder of the garden, a school of philosophy in athens, but his views were far more widely dispersed than that, as the existence of epicurean communities as far off as syria demonstrates. David hume’s various writings concerning problems of religion are among the most important and influential contributions on this topic in these writings hume advances a systematic, sceptical critique of the philosophical foundations of various theological systems.
Hume's friend, as epicurus, suggests that religious philosophers have strayed from their traditions, trying to prove the existence of god by means of reason such a question, epicurus insists, is beyond the capacity of reason. Epicurus did not go this far the canon epicurus's thoughts on the investigation of the true and the false are said to have been laid out in his book the canon the greek term translated as 'canon' means 'ruler' or 'yardstick,' a measuring device.
Unlike epicurus, malebranche is acknowledged by hume as an influence, a philosopher important to read to understand his work much of the content of hume's conception of causality, and possibly the terms ‘science of man’ and ‘sentiment’, as hume highlights them, derive from him. David hume quotes quotable quote “epicurus's old questions are still unanswered: is he (god) willing to prevent evil, but not able then he is impotent is he able, but not willing then he is malevolent. I have also heard something about that david hume tried to write down epicurus argument, and what was that, does it mean david hume and epicurus had the same idea about the problem of evil i just find it hard to really understand properly and concretely what epicurus and/or david hume meant with their problem of evil.
Introduction to david hume “epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered is he willing to prevent evil, but not able then is he impotent. Epicurus's thoughts on the investigation of the true and the false are said to have been laid out in his book the canon the greek term translated as 'canon' means 'ruler' or 'yardstick,' a measuring device.
Further, the friend presents the arguments through the voice of epicurus, distancing the argument from hume one step further there is constant reference in the discussion to the danger of religious philosophy and its confusion of religious tradition with a priori reasoning. Epicurus (/ ˌ ɛ p ɪ ˈ k j ʊər ə s / greek: ἐπίκουρος, epíkouros, ally, comrade 341–270 bc) was an ancient greek philosopher who founded a school of philosophy now called epicureanism only a few fragments and letters of epicurus's 300 written works remain.