The Problem of Evil

Jeanne Proust at Nowadays

Tue, Apr 24 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Should we use the term ‘evil’ in our moral, political, and legal discourse and thinking, or is evil an outdated or empty concept which should be abandoned?


When we try to describe, understand and respond to various atrocities such as rapes, genocides, or serial killings, we often use the word EVIL. A wide range of questions arise when we try to think critically about the relevance of this term within the various discourses we are surrounded with.

Should we use the term ‘evil’ in our moral, political, and legal discourse and thinking, or is evil an outdated or empty concept which should be abandoned?

What happens when we qualify an action, or someone as being evil? What causes this moral judgement, and what effects may have this judgement?

In this Olio we will begin a discussion about the concept of Evil, its relativity, and the diversity of feelings that it inspires in us, such as fear, disgust, shame, spite, hate, or compassion. Together, we will try to analyze the complexity of this concept, and the symbolic representations that it may carry.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jeanne Proust's research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academic frontiers.


Venue: Nowadays
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