"Radical Evil": Religious, Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Responses

College University of Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity
Instructor(s) Hewitt, Marsha A.
Course Code TRT5936HS
Semester Second Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

Terrorism, war, genocide, sexual abuse, murder: how can the human mind make sense of these horrors without reducing them to the 'obscenity of understanding', of trying to imagine the unimaginable? How can we possibly try to imagine the mind of perpetrators of violence, sexual abuse and terror? Yet these phenomena are becoming more pervasive and immediate and the destruction of human bodies and minds is worsening. How is it possible to sustain hope and faith in human goodness when our capacity for evil grows more sinister and ingenious? We will explore these and other questions comparatively and cross-culturally, examining the perspectives of religious, philosophical and psychoanalytic thinkers who represent Western and non-Western cultural and religious traditions.

Schedule Tue
Start Time 14:00
End Time 16:00
Minimum Enrolment 0
Maximum Enrolment 0
Additional Notes

Location: Larkin Building, room 213

Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Previously Offered Fall 2010
Currently Offered Winter 2013