“The Nature of Evil” with Peter Hacker
The concept of evil is elucidated. The varieties of badness are briefly surveyed and evil is distinguished from badness and from wickedness. The reality of evil is defended against those who think the concept to be obsolete. Neuroscientific reduction of evil is repudiated. The relationship between evil and motivation is examined and what counts as understanding evil is adumbrated. The connection between evil doing and the death of the soul is clarified.
Thursday, 31 October at 5:30pm, Tanner Room, Linacre College
Peter Hacker was Fellow of St John’s College (1966-2006) and Professor of Philosophy, University of Kent (2013-16). He has written extensively on the philosophy of Wittgenstein (four-volume commentary on the Philosophical Investigations); on Frege and philosophy of language; on the history of analytic philosophy; and philosophy and neuroscience. He is currently completing a tetralogy on human nature: Human Nature: the Categorial Framework (2007); The Intellectual Powers (2013); The Passions (2017); and The Moral Powers (forthcoming).