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Royce and Bernstein on Evil

Royce and Bernstein on Evil Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 73­90 Editions Rodopi ©2013 This article has a twofold purpose. On the one hand, it aims to reconstruct Josiah Royce's views on evil. On the other hand, it intends to examine these Roycean views within the framework of Richard Bernstein's work, particularly his books Radical Evil: a Philosophical Investigation and The Abuse of Evil. I conclude that, despite some shortcomings regarding his notion of evil, Royce's philosophy should be recovered as a classical voice in order to fight against the abuse of evil. "Realization of the evil men can do and have done to men is integral to any intelligent appraisal of human history." ­ Sidney Hook (1974, 30) 1. Introduction On the first pages of The Abuse of Evil, Richard Bernstein relates how after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, evil unexpectedly became a concept of immense political significance. Just a few days before then, he had finished writing Radical Evil: A Philosophical Investigation where a very old philosophical, theological, and practical issue is examined, namely the problem of evil. Though universal in its scope, Radical Evil mainly refers to the intellectual (and political) history of Europe turning on the atrocity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Royce and Bernstein on Evil

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 10 (1): 73 – Apr 21, 2013

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Brill
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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
DOI
10.1163/18758185-90000249
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 2013), 73­90 Editions Rodopi ©2013 This article has a twofold purpose. On the one hand, it aims to reconstruct Josiah Royce's views on evil. On the other hand, it intends to examine these Roycean views within the framework of Richard Bernstein's work, particularly his books Radical Evil: a Philosophical Investigation and The Abuse of Evil. I conclude that, despite some shortcomings regarding his notion of evil, Royce's philosophy should be recovered as a classical voice in order to fight against the abuse of evil. "Realization of the evil men can do and have done to men is integral to any intelligent appraisal of human history." ­ Sidney Hook (1974, 30) 1. Introduction On the first pages of The Abuse of Evil, Richard Bernstein relates how after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, evil unexpectedly became a concept of immense political significance. Just a few days before then, he had finished writing Radical Evil: A Philosophical Investigation where a very old philosophical, theological, and practical issue is examined, namely the problem of evil. Though universal in its scope, Radical Evil mainly refers to the intellectual (and political) history of Europe turning on the atrocity

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Published: Apr 21, 2013

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