John Leslie "J. L." Mackie

John Leslie "J. L."
Mackie
1917
1981

Austrian Atheist Philosopher making significant contributions to the philosophy of religion, metaphysics and philosophy of languge

Author Quotes

God is omnipotent; God is wholly good; and yet evil exists. There seems to be some contradiction between these three propositions, so that if any two of them were true the third would be false. But at the same time all three are essential parts of most theological positions: the theologian it seems, at once must adhere and cannot consistently adhere to all three.

Our problem is that once we have accepted an irreducible distinction between mental and physical facts and properties, and have allowed that physical facts and properties constitute sufficient causes of actions, we seem to be forced to admit that mental facts and properties are epiphenomenal, causally idle; yet this conclusion is itself implausible.

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First Name
John Leslie "J. L."
Last Name
Mackie
Birth Date
1917
Death Date
1981
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Austrian Atheist Philosopher making significant contributions to the philosophy of religion, metaphysics and philosophy of languge