For many enlightened, liberal-minded thinkers today, and for most on the political left, evil is an outmoded concept. It smacks too much of absolute judgments and metaphysical certainties to suit the modern age. In this witty, accessible study, the prominent Marxist thinker Terry Eagleton launches a surprising defense of the reality of evil, drawing on literary, theologica...more
Most importantly this is a book written to suggest "Evil" to an age that tends to disregard the category, and to talk more generally around the subject as a means of suggestion.
He starts by doing a literary survey of evil, reviewing Pincher Martin, The Three Policemen, Lord of the Flies, and a few other works less majorly. The interest paid to William Golding is interesting...more
I though that to be pretty ridiculous, I live near a playground and while children screaming drives me nuts, they seem perfectly socialized...more
You don't have to agree with Eagleton's conclusions to enjoy this (in fact, I disagree with most of them - I think "evil" doesn't even exist). Eagleton is a literary theorist and a Marxist and it clearly shows. For him, evil is caused by institutions that make normally "ok" people do evil things. He doesn't really support this with studies or any numbers, he rather shows characters from l...more
Eagleton claims that being evil means doing evil without reason or motive. It means destroying things just because. With this definition, he fails to find examples of true evil in history or politics, so he examines examples from literature. These were the passages I enjoyed the most. However, in all his examples he...more
So, cut me some slack and go read this review, as it was to my liking and also one of the few that delved into the material.
Şüko'nun dediği gibi iki buçuk saatte altını üstüne rahatlıkla getirebileceğiniz bir kitap. Fakat ben beklemiyordum, 140 sayfada "Kötü"ye olan bakışımı bu denli besleyeceğini, kısmen değiştirebileceğini, onlarca farklı bakış açısı kazandırabileceğini, beklemiyordum.
I'll use this book again for academic papers and what not, but it was a bit dry for just pleasurable reading.
Page 17 - Psychoanalysis has become a stand-in for theology. They both are narratives of human desire but whereas theology ends in the kingdom of God, psychoanalysis is left unfulfilled. It is therefore the science of discontent.
He respects theological ideas of evil, but focuses on a more Freudian concept. He is also draws from Kant.
The introduction was pretty interesting, and got me hooked. But it just went downhill from there. I never got to finish the book, and I gave up on it, twice, a few pages after the beginning of the first chapter. I guess I had expected something more lucid, and rational than his constant allusions to deities.