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Evil: A History

Andrew P. Chignell


What, if anything, is evil? Is it just badness by another name? Is it the shadow side of good, or is it an active force opposed to the good in a Manichean/Star Wars kind of way? Does evil have its source in something personal—a malevolent, striving will that makes the universe tend not just to entropic winding-down but also to outbreaks of targeted hellishness? These are some of the main ontological questions that philosophers raise about evil. There are related epistemological questions: Can we really know evil? Does a victim know evil in a way that is entirely different from the way a perpet ... More

Keywords: evil, religion, God, moral evil, natural evil, radical evil, Holocaust, theodicy, intelligibility, reason

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199915453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew P. Chignell, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University

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