An Idea of Evil

Posted on September 16, 2006

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The most recent project I’ve taken on was to prepare a reader’s copy of the new book by the UK philosopher, Peter Dews. The book considers how the problem of evil has vexed philosophers working in the French and German traditions since Kant argued for the existence of ‘radical evil’ as a philosophical counterpart to the Christian notion of original sin. The relation between evil and practical reason inspired reflection in the tradition of German Idealism and in 20th century responses to the horror of Auschwitz. Peter is best known for his writing on critical theory and continental philosophy and happens to be my Ph.D. supervisor.

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