The Positive Function of Evil

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

EditorPedro Alexis Tabensky

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This collection explores the controversial and perhaps even abject idea that evils, large and small, human and natural, may have a central positive function to play in our lives. For centuries a concern of religious thinkers from the Christian tradition, very little systematic work has been done to explore this idea from the secular point of view.

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This collection explores the controversial and perhaps even abject idea that evils, large and small, human and natural, may have a central positive function to play in our lives. For centuries a concern of religious thinkers from the Christian tradition, very little systematic work has been done to explore this idea from the secular po...

PEDRO ALEXIS TABENSKY lectures in philosophy at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is the author of Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose (2003) and of several publications in peer reviewed journals. Tabensky is also the editor of Judging and Understanding: Essays on Free Will, Narrative, Meaning and the Ethical Limits of Conde...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.66 × 5.59 × 0.7 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230219551

ISBN - 13:9780230219557

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments * Notes on Contributors * Introductory Remarks--P.A.Tabensky * Love and the Problem of Evil--R.M.Adams * Wrong that is Right? The Paradox of the Felix Culpa--G.Scarre *
Love and Emotional Reactions to Necessary Evil--T.Metz * Shadows of Goodness--P.A.Tabensky
* Moral Beauty Happens--R.Bell * Murdochian Evil and Striving to Be Good--H.Widdows * Tragedy and Reparation--E.Galgut * The Psychology of Evil: A Contribution from Psychoanalysis--M.Lacewing * Good Citizens and Moral Heroes--A.Morton * The Moral Significance of Evil--J.Kekes * The Virtues of the Useless: On Goodness, Evil and Beauty--S.Vice * References and Bibliography * Index

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"An unusual and stimulating collection. The presence of evil in our world, so often discussed from a religious viewpoint, is here tackled from a largely secular perspective. The papers open up a fascinating array of ethical and psychological questions about the human moral predicament." - John Cottingham     "It is perhaps no surprise that the country which gave the world the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should also play host to creative and unorthodox work in moral philosophy. Welcome evidence of the fact comes in the shape of this stimulating volume of essays, which explore various aspects of the question whether human life is made better by the presence in it of evil."- Edward Harcourt, University of Oxford, UK