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Spring 2016-2017
* CLA 255 / PHI 255 / CHV 255 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

From Pandora to Psychopathy: Evil from Antiquity to the Present

Christian Wildberg

This lecture course examines past and present explanations of the existence of evil. The focus does not lie on natural evils (such as earthquakes or epidemics) but on the problem of moral evil. Lectures and precepts are devoted to the critical evaluation of the numerous theories that purport to explain and understand human wickedness. The course is highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon a broad tradition of reflection about evil, in philosophy, literature, the world religions, and modern psychology, and gives students the opportunity actively to engage with one of the most relevant and acute questions in the humanities.

Sample reading list:
Sophocles, King Oedipus
Plotinus, What is Evil and where does it come from?
Augustine, Confessions
Immanuel Kant, Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem
Simon Baron-Cohen, The Science of Evil

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings of 50-70 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41333 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   10   Enrolled:226 Limit:235
43939 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
43940 P02 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43941 P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
43942 P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
43943 P05 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43944 P06 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
43945 P07 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
43946 P08 9:00 am - 9:50 am F   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:6 Limit:15
43947 P09 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
43948 P10 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43949 P11 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
43950 P12 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Fisher Hall   B04   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43951 P13 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Fisher Hall   B04   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
43952 P14 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   111   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43953 P15 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43954 P16 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
41339 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled