On Evil

Terry Eagleton

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5.5 x 8 inches, 176pp. 2012

ISBN : 9788170463481


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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, prominent Marxist thinker Terry Eagleton launches a surprising defence of the reality of evil, drawing on literary, theological and psychoanalytic sources to suggest that evil, no mere mediaeval artefact, is a real phenomenon with palpable force in our contemporary world. In a book that ranges from St Augustine to alcoholism, Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Mann, Shakespeare to the Holocaust, Eagleton investigates the frightful plight of those doomed souls who apparently destroy for no reason. 


Terry Eagleton  is currently Distinguished Professor of English Literature, University of Lancaster, England, and Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His other books include Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976), Criticism and Ideology (1976), Walter Benjamin (1981), Against the Grain (1986), William Shakespeare (1986), The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990), Ideology (1991), Heathcliff and the Great Hunger (1995), Literary Theory (2nd ed. 1996), and, co-edited with Drew Milne, Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader (1996). 

 

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