Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|1/21/2020||5/4/2020||TR||3:40pm - 5:00pm||NESM 125|
What is evil? Is there such a thing? If so, is it a force, an entity, an illness, an absence of good? Is it necessary? Does it have a function? Is it merely a matter of perception? Should we use the term “evil” at all, and if so, what it the effect of calling something “evil’? Are there certain things that are so bad they deserve this special term? In this course we will read some of the primary Western portrayals and explanations of evil from various time periods and sources including the Bible and Shakespeare's Macbeth, as well as modern theories and texts. Using insights from philosophy, anthropology, psychology, religion, literature and theater, we will consider manifestations of “evil” in violence, suffering, scapegoating and apathy; in characters such as Satan and witches; and in historical circumstances such as Nazi Germany.