Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

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  1. Vexing Links (6/13/2015) | vexing questions
    June 13, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

    […] Podcast’s Dale Tuggy interviews Trent Dougherty on the problem of evil and animal suffering [Spoiler Alert: there is no easy solution to these […]

  2. Randal Rauser
    June 3, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    Enjoyed this podcast very much, not least because I’m a big animal lover (and a non-practicing vegetarian rendered perpetually guilt ridden by the very different arguments of Gary Francione and Peter Singer).
    I’m sympathetic with Trent’s argument and particularly intrigued by the suggestion that we may now only encounter animals in embryonic form which leaves open the possibility that resurrected animals may behave like the rabbits in Watership Down or the menagerie in the Little Bear children’s books.
    Perhaps my biggest dissatisfaction with Trent’s current articulation of the argument (at least in the interview) is that resurrection for animals is reduced to compensation for ills endured. If I believe the likelihood that my beloved dogs will be resurrected increases in proportion to the degree of suffering they endure in this life, it would seem I will have a good reason to mistreat them in this life to increase the likelihood that God will resurrect them in the next.
    I’d prefer to think that God will resurrects individual animals simply because he loves those specific creatures and that the compensation for ills endured in this life is but a by-product of their resurrection.