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On Evil

Narrated by: David Thorn
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy
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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 judgements and metaphysical certainties to suit the modern age. In this witty, accessible study, the 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 medieval artifact, 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. In the process, he poses a set of intriguing questions. Is evil really a kind of nothingness? Why should it appear so glamorous and seductive? Why does goodness seem so boring? Is it really possible for human beings to delight in destruction for no reason at all?

©2010 Terry Eagleton (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"An absorbing, stimulating, awfully entertaining discussion." ( Booklist)
"Highly recommended for anyone interested in the intersection between literature, philosophy, and religion." ( Library Journal)
"Terry Eagleton's Reason, Faith, and Revolution attacks the new atheism as a kind of secular counter-fundamentalism… Better than any previous book of its kind." (James Wood, The New Yorker)

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Wow. Magnificent book

this book is intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually clarifying, as well as intensely funny at times. Eagleton is brilliant, witty, and a good sam

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  • 06-02-18

A BRILLIANT MIND

When a brilliant mind delves into a topic it leaves one enlightened, sometimes uncomfortable, but mostly amazed. And this is Terry Eagleton. He tugs at one's paradigm, and does it very well.

A very good read. !