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The History of Evil in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 1700–1900 CE

By Douglas Hedley Copyright 2018
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    368 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The fourth volume of The History of Evil explores the key thinkers and themes relating to the question of evil in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The very idea of "evil" is highly contentious in modern thought and this period was one in which the concept was intensely debated and criticized. The persistence of the idea of evil is a testament to the abiding significance of theology in the period, not least in Germany. Comprising twenty-two chapters by international scholars, some of the topics explored include: Berkeley on evil, Voltaire and the Philosophes, John Wesley on the origins of evil, Immanuel Kant on evil, autonomy and grace, the deliverance of evil: utopia and evil, utilitarianism and evil, evil in Schelling and Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and the genealogy of evil, and evil and the nineteenth-century idealists.

    This volume also explores a number of other key thinkers and topics within the period. This outstanding treatment of the history of evil at the crucial and determinative inception of its key concepts will appeal to those with particular interests in the ideas of evil and good.

    Editors and contributors

    Series Introduction



    Douglas Hedley

    1. Berkeley on Evil

    John Roberts

    2. Voltaire and the Philosophes

    Dale Jacquette

    3. Jonathan Edwards

    William J. Wainwright

    4. John Wesley on the Origins of Evil

    Barry E. Bryant

    5. Hume

    Charlotte R. Brown and William Edward Morris

    6. Immanuel Kant on Evil, Autonomy and Grace

    Jeanine M. Grenberg

    7. The Deliverance of Evil: Utopia and Evil

    Nicole Pohl

    8. Utilitarianism and Evil

    Geoffrey Scarre

    9. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

    Paul Redding

    10. Evil in Schelling and Schopenhauer

    Alistair Welchman

    11. Charles Darwin and the Problem of Evil

    Michael Ruse

    12. Ludwig Feuerbach

    Dan Yim

    13. Søren Kierkegaard

    Anthony Rudd

    14. Evil in the Philosophy of Karl Marx

    William L. McBride

    15. Dostoevsky

    George Pattison

    16. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Genealogy of Evil

    David Booth

    17. Is Colonialism Evil?

    David A. Hoekema

    18. Evil and the Nineteenth Century Idealists

    Leslie Armour

    19. Positivism

    Mike Gane

    20. Famine

    Jonathan Healey

    21. Modern European Racism: Eighteenth Century Views of Race

    Julie K. Ward

    22. Representations

    Jil Evans and Charles Taliaferro


    Douglas Hedley is Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel College, USA.

    Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at St Olaf College, USA.

    "An outstanding and wide-ranging book which deserves to be read by anyone with a serious interest in the history of the concept of evil. The editors have gathered the best scholars in the field, the writing is crystal clear throughout, and we are given a fascinating tour of the relevant key thinkers and topics."

    Fiona Ellis, Heythrop College, University of London, UK