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BHUM 17A03 - How to Defend Ourselves from Evil?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

Evil may be perceived as a social disease, hence the remedy to human evil can and should come from the political organization of society. However, before we understand how different political mechanisms were set to protect society from evil, there is a need to understand how and perhaps why evil is defined. More importantly, can evil be a subjective relative notion, or is evil an objective term? In this course, we will read texts of thinkers and political leaders that discuss human evil and how society should defend itself from evil. We also discuss the definition of evil and we will try to answer the question: Is evil a social political construct? If evil and the definition of evil are social constructs, then what and for what reason? What is then the political process of the construction of evil? We will read texts by Spinoza, Robespierre, Marquis de Sade, Foucault, Agamben, Carl Schmidt and more.

Teachers

BAR MAYMON, Meir (Enseignant indépendant)