The Idea of Evil
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This timely book by philosopher Peter Dews explores the idea of evil, one of the most problematic terms in the contemporary moral vocabulary.
- Surveys the intellectual debate on the nature of evil over the past two hundred years
- Engages with a broad range of discourses and thinkers, from Kant and the German Idealists, via Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, to Levinas and Adorno
- Suggests that the concept of moral evil touches on a neuralgic point in western culture
- Argues that, despite the widespread abuse and political manipulation of the term ‘evil’, we cannot do without it
- Concludes that if we use the concept of evil, we must acknowledge its religious dimension