Out of Eden Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil
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InOut of Eden, Paul W. Kahn offers a philosophical meditation on the problem of evil. He uses the Genesis story of the Fall as the starting point for a profound articulation of the human condition. Kahn shows us that evil expresses the rage of a subject who knows both that he is an image of an infinite God and that he must die. Kahn's interpretation of Genesis leads him to inquiries into a variety of modern forms of evil, including slavery, torture, and genocide. Kahn takes issue with Hannah Arendt's theory of the banality of evil, arguing that her view is an instance of the modern world's lost capacity to speak of evil. Psychological, social, and political accounts do not explain evil as…
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/27/2010
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities at Yale Law School.