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Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil
 
 
Author
Paul W Kahn.
Publisher Princeton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780691126937
Pages/Publication Date 232/2007
Daedalus Item Code 31818
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Evil, the profound and inescapable human condition, finds its Biblical roots in the story of the Fall from the book of Genesis. Here Paul W. Kahn, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities at Yale Law School and Director of the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for Human Rights at Yale University, uses the Fall as the starting point for his philosophical meditation on the subject of evil. He examines the nature of evil as rage created within a being fundamentally torn between the concept of being an image of an infinite God and the knowledge that he will someday die. Here Kahn argues against Hannah Arendt’s theory of the banality of evil, and poses the view that the modern world’s take on evil fails to explain it, and instead explains it away. With his unique perspective combining law, philosophy, and cultural theory, Kahn argues that evil is the result of mankind’s ceaseless flight from death, and that the opposite of evil is not good, but love. From his starting interpretation of Genesis and the Fall of Mankind, to his exploration into modern forms of evil like slavery, torture, and genocide, Kahn reaches the conclusion that evil seeks to master death, but love seeks to transcend it.
 
 
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