Evil or the Lack of Meaning

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I argue that Paul Ricœur displaces and decentres established theodicies; the issue of evil is perceived as a practical rather than a speculative matter. It is the view of evil as a productive aporia, which suggests that evil provokes action and obliges human beings to take a stand ethically and politically. Hence, the topic of evil is not necessarily about putting together a jigsaw puzzle. The central problem of evil has less to do with logic than with resignation, inertia, despair and meaninglessness.


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  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies


  • Action, Aporia, Resignation, Paul Ricoeur, Theodicy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalLogoi.ph – Rivista di filosofia, Journal of Philosophy
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 30
Publication categoryResearch

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