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The History of Evil in the Medieval Age

450-1450 CE, 1st Edition

By Andrew Pinsent

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276 pages

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The second volume of The History of Evil explores the philosophy of evil in the long Middle Ages. Starting from the Augustinian theme of evil as a deprivation or perversion of what is good, this period saw the maturation of concepts of natural evil, of evil as sin involving the will, and of malicious agents aiming to increase evil in general and sin in particular. Comprising fifteen chapters, the contributions address key figures of the Christian Middle Ages or traditions sharing some similar cultural backgrounds, such as medieval Judaism and Islam. Other chapters examine contemporaneous developments in the Middle East, China, India and Japan. The volume concludes with an overview of contemporary transpositions of Dante, illustrating the remarkable cultural influence of medieval accounts of evil today.

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.

Reviews

The accomplished editor and outstanding scholars who have contributed to this excellent book have produced a monumental study of the nature of evil and human suffering as it has been understood over the long Middle Ages in the major religions and philosophical worldviews of both Eastern and Western cultures. This superb study will be mandatory reading for anyone interested in this rich, deep topic. Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University, USA

Table of Contents

Contents

Editors and Contributors

Series Introduction

Volume Introduction

1 SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

Erik M. Hanson

2 BOETHIUS

John Moorhead

3 SANKARA

Anantanand Rambachan

4 NEO-CONFUCIANISM

Yong Huang

5 SAADIA GAON

Lenn Goodman

6 RAMANUJA

Christopher Bartley

7 MOSES MAIMONIDES

Kenneth Seeskin

8 ANSELM

Thomas Williams

9 HILDEGARD OF BINGEN

Jenny Bledsoe and Beverly Kienzle

10 ISLAMIC DEMONOLOGY

Tobias Nünlist

11 DOGEN

Shigenori Nagatomo

12 AQUINAS

Andrew Pinsent

13 JOHN DUNS SCOTUS

Giorgio Pini

14 FIGHTING FOR GOD: JIHAD AND CRUSADE

Christopher van der Krogt

15 DANTE’S MEDIEVAL REPRESENTATIONS AND ITS

CONTEMPORARY TRANSPOSITIONS

Anthony Cristiano

Index

 

About the Author/Editors

Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, UK, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.

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

Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St Olaf College, USA.

About the Series

History of Evil

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General