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Evil in the Western Philosophical Tradition

Gavin Rae

Abstract

While Western moral, philosophical, and theological thought has historically privileged the good, this has been accompanied by profound, if subterranean, interest in evil. This book charts a history of evil as it has been thought within this tradition. Showing that the problem of evil, as a conceptual problem—that is, as a problem to be dealt with through rational means—came to the fore with the rise of monotheism, this book initially outlines the dynamics that led to it becoming the problem of Christianity, before tracing how subsequent thought, first within an explicitly theological framewor ... More

Keywords: Evil, Christianity, Secularisation, Western Philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474445320
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445320.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Rae, author
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid