RELS106 - MODERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

Evil and its justifications, theodicy, are a dominant and recurring problem formodern religious thought. We will examine various explanations for the nature and origin of evil in the writings of Leibniz, Kant, Nietzsche, Arendt, and Camus along with other philosophers and religious thinkers both ancient and modern. Through close readings of primary sources and secondary materials we will trace this problem of evil from its ancient formulations to its modern instantiations. The question, "whence evil?" becomes most pertitent in an era when many ills are surmountable through education and technological improvements yet ills persist and the greatest volumes of people in human history have been slain in mass-killings.
Section 601 - LEC
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BLAIR, STEPHEN LUKE