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.
"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
Editors and contributors
1. Berkeley on Evil
2. Voltaire and the Philosophes
3. Jonathan Edwards
William J. Wainwright
4. John Wesley on the Origins of Evil
Barry E. Bryant
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
8. Utilitarianism and Evil
9. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
10. Evil in Schelling and Schopenhauer
11. Charles Darwin and the Problem of Evil
12. Ludwig Feuerbach
13. Søren Kierkegaard
14. Evil in the Philosophy of Karl Marx
William L. McBride
16. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Genealogy of Evil
17. Is Colonialism Evil?
David A. Hoekema
18. Evil and the Nineteenth Century Idealists
21. Modern European Racism: Eighteenth Century Views of Race
Julie K. Ward
Jil Evans and Charles Taliaferro