GOV 382M • Politics and the Problem of Evil
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
In the aftermath of September 11, the problem of evil has re-emerged as a category of political speech and analysis. The sudden readiness and ease with which contemporary political actors have deployed this category however, stands in rather dramatic tension with the ambivalences which political theorists have traditionally treated the category. In this course, we will examine the problem of evil as a problem for politics by examining exemplary works of ancient, modern, and contemporary political theory and modern literature. Writers include but are not limited to St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Hume, Kant, Niebuhr, Arendt, Baldwin, and Dostoyevsky.