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

ISBN 9781032095158
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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. SΓΈren 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

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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