Hardcover. In "Out of Eden," Paul W. Kahn offers a philosophical meditation on the problem of evil. He uses the Genesis story of the Fall as the starting point for a profound articulation o.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 232 pages. 0.485. Bookseller Inventory #
In Out of Eden, Paul W. Kahn offers a philosophical meditation on the problem of evil. He uses the Genesis story of the Fall as the starting point for a profound articulation of the human condition. Kahn shows us that evil expresses the rage of a subject who knows both that he is an image of an infinite God and that he must die. Kahn's interpretation of Genesis leads him to inquiries into a variety of modern forms of evil, including slavery, torture, and genocide.
Kahn takes issue with Hannah Arendt's theory of the banality of evil, arguing that her view is an instance of the modern world's lost capacity to speak of evil. Psychological, social, and political accounts do not explain evil as much as explain it away. Focusing on the existential roots of evil rather than on the occasions for its appearance, Kahn argues that evil originates in man's flight from death. He urges us to see that the opposite of evil is not good, but love: while evil would master death, love would transcend it.
Offering a unique perspective that combines political and cultural theory, law, and philosophy, Kahn here continues his project of advancing a political theology of modernity.
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"Paul W. Kahn's book is one of the deepest meditations on evil that I have read. It is insightful, rich, and original. Its main merit is the particular existential line of inquiry that it offers--uncovering the root of evil in the human condition itself. It therefore avoids the sort of investigation that is so common concerning evil, which concentrates on the social and political conditions that trigger evil. Kahn weaves this existential inquiry through an interpretation of the Genesis myth of the fall, postulating the source of evil in the human condition of knowledge, shame, and death. It is one of the most compelling modern readings of Genesis that I have encountered."--Moshe Halbertal, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"Out of Eden is an extraordinary, deeply original reflection on the nature of evil."--David Luban, Georgetown University
Title: Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of...
Publication Date: 2006
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Book Description Condition: New. A book which begins with the sentence 'Evil makes us human' must surely compel attention; and this is no ordinary account of what is usually meant by the problem of evil. Instead, Kahn's aim is to explore the nature of evil itself, with the Genesis story of the Fall as the starting point for a profound articulation of the human condition. He examines the nature of evil as rage created within a being fundamentally torn between the idea of himself as an image of an infinite God and the knowledge that he will someday die. Kahn argues against Hannah Arendtís theory of the banality of evil, suggesting that the modern world fails to explain evil and instead explains it away. He posits that evil is the result of mankindís ceaseless flight from death, and that the opposite of evil is not good but love. A rich and fascinating book full of unusual conjunctions and insights. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT. Seller Inventory # 2588