PHIL 361. Evil and Modern Thought

The provocations of evil continue to challenge us today as they have in ages past. Its existence beggars the categories by which we would comprehend reality as it shatters our sense of justice in the world. For this reason the problem of evil poses the most profound moral and metaphysical questions. In this course we will investigate this problem as it is addressed by the most prominent thinkers in the period stretching from the late 17th through the 20th centuries – from the devastating earthquake that destroyed Lisbon in 1755 to the Nazi death camps evoked by the name Auschwitz. 
Offered: Fall
Credits: 3