This innovative volume will be welcomed by moral and political philosophers, social scientists, and anyone who reflects seriously on the twentieth century's heavy burden of war, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other evidence of people's desire to harm one another. Maria Pia Lara brings together a provocative set of essays that reexamine evil in the context of a 'postmetaphysical' world, a world that no longer equates natural and human evil and no longer believes in an omnipotent God. The question of how and why God permits evil events to occur is replaced by the question of how and why humans perform radically evil acts.
Maria Pia Lara is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Iztapalapa, Mexico.
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Contemporary Perspectives 1 Maria Pia Lara Part One: A Critical Review of Evil 1. Is God Evil? Isabel Cabrera 2. What's the Problem of Evil? Susan Neiman 3. "Radical Finitude" and the Problem of Evil: Critical Comments on Wellmer's Reading of Jonas Peter Dews Part Two: Evil and Moral Philosophy 4. Radical Evil: Kant at War with Himself, Richard J. Bernstein 5. Reflections on the Banality of (Radical) Evil: A Kantian Analysis, Henry E. Allison 6. The Polyhedron of Evil, Gustavo Leyva 7. An Evil Heart: Moral Evil and Moral Identity, Maeve Cooke 8. Understanding Evil: Arendt and the Final Solution, Robert Fine Part Three: Postmetaphysical Approaches for a Theory of Evil 9. Toward a Sociology of Evil: Getting beyond Modernist Common Sense about the Alternative to "the Good," Jeffrey C. Alexander 10. The Evil That Men Do: A Meditation on Radical Evil from a Postmetaphysical Point of View Alessandro Ferrara 11. Major Offenders, Minor Offenders, Sergio Perez 12. On Pain, the Suffering of Wrong, and Other Grievances: Responsibility, Manuel Cruz 13. Forgiveness and Oblivion: A New Form of Banality of Evil?, Carlos Pereda Part Four: Narratives of Evil 14. "Happy Endings" hrs/hrs Unendings: Narratives of Evil, Carol L. Bernstein 15. Narrating Evil: A Postmetaphysical Theory of Reflective Judgment, Maria Pia Lara Notes List of Contributors Index