Kierkegaard's Analysis of Radical Evil

Kierkegaard's Analysis of Radical Evil

by David A. Roberts


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For thousands of years philosophers and theologians have grappled with the problem of evil. Traditionally, evil has been seen as a weakness of sorts: the evil person is either ignorant, or weak-willed. But in the most horrifying acts of evil, the perpetrators are resolute, deliberate, and well aware of the pain they are causing. Here David Roberts painstakingly details the matrix of issues that evolved into Kierkegaard's own solution. Kierkegaard's psychological understanding of evil is that it arises out of despair - a despair that can become so vehement and ferocious that it lashes out at existence itself. Roberts shows how the despairing self can become strengthened and intensified through a conscious and free choice against the Good. This type of radical evil is neither ignorant nor weak.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826486820
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/24/2006
Series: Continuum Studies in Philosophy , #12
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

David Roberts (b. 1962) teaches philosophy at John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois, and is the author of Kierkegaard's Analysis of Radical Evil.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Kant and Schelling on Radical EvilCh. 1: The Struggle of Self-BecomingCh. 2: The Spiritless Evasion of the SelfCh. 3: The Aesthetic Stage of Existence: EnjoymentCh. 4: The Ethical Stage of Existence: Self-ChoiceCh. 5: The Final Movement Toward Defiance: Infinite ResignationConclusion: The Category of OffenseBibliographyIndex

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