How can we talk about evil? How can we make sense of its presence all around us? How can we come to terms with the sad fact that our involvement in doing or enabling evil is an interminable aspect of our lives in the world? This book is an attempt to engage these questions in a new way.
Written from within the complicated reality of Israel, the contributors to this book forge a collective effort to think about evil from multiple perspectives. A necessary effort, since psychoanalysis has been slow to account for the existence of evil, while philosophy and the social sciences have tended to neglect its psychological aspects.
The essays collected here join to form a wide canvas on which a portrait of evil gradually emerges, from the Bible, through the enlightenment to the Holocaust; from Kant, through Freud, Klein, Bromberg and Stein to Arendt, Agamben and Bauman; using literature, history, cinema, social theory and psychoanalysis.
Talking about Evil opens up a much needed space for thinking, in itself an antidote to evil. It will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and scholars and students of philosophy, social theory and the humanities.
Rina Lazar, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in Tel Aviv. She is a lecturer and supervisor at the Psychotherapy Program, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. She is also a board member of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). Lazar has co-edited two books and published papers on a range of topics in various psychoanalytic journals.
Contributors Introduction 1: Evil 2: The Banality of Radical Evil 3: From the Universal to the Particular: An Intersubjective Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Law 4: Three Forms of Post-Genocidal Violence in Beni Wircberg's Memoir 5: The Two Holocausts of Avot Yeshurun 6: From "The Scream" to "The Pieta": Murderous Mourning and Evil 7: Reflections on "Doing Evil" 8: The Evil of Banality in the Modern Era: Remarks on Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem" 9: The Kingdom of Evil 10: On Godly Evil, Human Evil and Humanism 11: A Touch of Evil: Cinematic Perspectives 12: The restorative power of reading Literature - From Evil to Dialectics 13: Talking about Evil in Retrospect: Trying to Conceive the Inconceivable