The term ‘evil’ was viewed with suspicion in philosophy and generally avoided for most of the twentieth century. In the early twenty-first century, it has been undergoing something of a revival. The philosophers who have contributed to this revival tend to downplay or ignore the religious connotations of the term ‘evil’. Here I argue for the importance of identifying a religious conception of evil and for the importance of distinguishing this from the secular conception of evil. I also provide a definition of religious evil action. In providing a definition of religious evil action, I draw on recent work in the cognitive science of religion which identifies key aspects of natural human religion that are universal. I also consider the relationship between the universal religious conception of evil I seek to locate and particular theological accounts of evil.
|Title of host publication||Moral evil in practical ethics|
|Editors||Shlomit Harrosh, Roger Crisp|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jul 2018|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory|