The “Problem of Evil” in Philosophy, Literature, and Film

Trip McCrossin (Philosophy)

What do we mean when we say of someone that they have “the patience of Job,” when we complain that “bad things happen to good people, and good things to bad,” when we admit that we are somehow consoled in our distress by the assurance that “things always work out for the best?” What such sayings, complaints, and consolations share, among other things, is that they reflect together, arguably, the ongoing legacy of the problem known as “the problem of evil.” In this seminar, we will work together to understand a basic divide that has animated modern responses to the problem, as both a theological and secular one, and to trace the legacy of this divide in certain exemplary contributions to twentieth-century literature and film.

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01:090:101 section 44 index 05191