Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil

Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil

by Paul W. Kahn
     
 

"Paul W. Kahn's book is one of the deepest meditations on evil that I have read. It is insightful, rich, and original. Its main merit is the particular existential line of inquiry that it offers—uncovering the root of evil in the human condition itself. It therefore avoids the sort of investigation that is so common concerning evil, which concentrates on the

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"Paul W. Kahn's book is one of the deepest meditations on evil that I have read. It is insightful, rich, and original. Its main merit is the particular existential line of inquiry that it offers—uncovering the root of evil in the human condition itself. It therefore avoids the sort of investigation that is so common concerning evil, which concentrates on the social and political conditions that trigger evil. Kahn weaves this existential inquiry through an interpretation of the Genesis myth of the fall, postulating the source of evil in the human condition of knowledge, shame, and death. It is one of the most compelling modern readings of Genesis that I have encountered."—Moshe Halbertal, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"Out of Eden is an extraordinary, deeply original reflection on the nature of evil."—David Luban, Georgetown University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691126937
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Study of Evil 1

Chapter 1: A Preliminary Meditation on Oedipus and Adam 16

Chapter 2: Evil and the Image of the Sacred 53

Chapter 3: Love and Evil 106

Chapter 4: Political Evil: Slavery and the Shame of Nature 143

Chapter 5: Political Evil: Killing, Sacrifice, and the Image of God 174

Conclusion: Tragedy, Comedy, and the Banality of Evil 211

Index 223

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