David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
OUP USA (2011)
What role does art play in unravelling the theological problem of evil? What can aesthetics show us about God's goodness in a world of iniquity? Philip Tallon constructs an aesthetic theodicy through a fascinating examination of Christian aesthetics, ranging from the writings of Augustine to contemporary philosophy. Tallon offers a new framework for theodicy that allows the substantial inclusion of aesthetics, building on the work of Eleonore Stump. He then examines the concept of cosmic harmony, the predominant aesthetic motif within medieval theodicy, and shows how Augustine develops this theme by interweaving his metaphysical, moral, and aesthetic views of reality. Tallon then examines other aesthetic themes within theodicy, with special attention to tragedy, a motif that has become increasingly integrated into theodicy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He shows where tragedy falls short as a sufficient theme for theodicy, but also demonstrates how it complements Augustine's theme of cosmic harmony. Finally, Tallon considers the horror of evil, an aesthetic theme that has often been used as an attack on the existence of God, but which has recently been used to understand how theodicy should be formulated to respond to the worst evils. By digging more deeply into the darker side of aesthetics, The Poetics of Evil offers a deeper perception of tragedy and malevolence, but also a richer understanding of the Christian response to the problem of evil.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Buy the book||$20.98 used (74% off) $39.95 new (51% off) $72.00 direct from Amazon (10% off) Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Lars Fr H. Svendsen (2010). A Philosophy of Evil. Dalkey Archive Press.
Brett Gaul (2004). Is the Problem of Evil a Problem for Descartes? Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:209-220.
Michael W. Hickson (2013). Theodicy and Toleration in Bayle's Dictionary. Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (1):49-73.
Richard Swinburne (1988). Does Theism Need a Theodicy? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):287 - 311.
Jerry L. Walls (1996). “As the Waters Cover the Sea”. Faith and Philosophy 13 (4):534-562.
Jeremy Koons (2010). Natural Evil as a Test of Faith in the Abrahamic Traditions. Sophia 49 (1):15-28.
Sam Duncan (2012). Moral Evil, Freedom and the Goodness of God: Why Kant Abandoned Theodicy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (5):973-991.
David B. Myers (2003). Exclusivism, Eternal Damnation, and the Problem of Evil: A Critique of Craig's Molinist Soteriological Theodicy. Religious Studies 39 (4):407-419.
Carol A. Kates (2004). A Nietzschean Theodicy. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 55 (2):69-82.
Evan Fales (1989). Antediluvian Theodicy. Faith and Philosophy 6 (3):320-329.
Peter Forrest (2010). Why Richard Swinburne Won't 'Rot in Hell': A Defense of Tough-Minded Theodicy. [REVIEW] Sophia 49 (1):37-47.
Daniel Howard-Snyder (2008). Theodicy. In Kelly Clark (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Religion. Broadview.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-04-15
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?