A religious conception of evil

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoral evil in practical ethics
EditorsShlomit Harrosh, Roger Crisp
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages30-55
Number of pages26
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780429455926
ISBN (Print)9781138316041
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory

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Clarke, S. (2018). A religious conception of evil. In S. Harrosh, & R. Crisp (Eds.), Moral evil in practical ethics (1st ed., pp. 30-55). (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory). New York: Routledge.
Clarke, Stephen. / A religious conception of evil. Moral evil in practical ethics. editor / Shlomit Harrosh ; Roger Crisp. 1st. ed. New York : Routledge, 2018. pp. 30-55 (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory).
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Clarke, S 2018, A religious conception of evil. in S Harrosh & R Crisp (eds), Moral evil in practical ethics. 1st edn, Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory, Routledge, New York, pp. 30-55.

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Moral evil in practical ethics. ed. / Shlomit Harrosh; Roger Crisp. 1st. ed. New York : Routledge, 2018. p. 30-55 (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory).

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Clarke S. A religious conception of evil. In Harrosh S, Crisp R, editors, Moral evil in practical ethics. 1st ed. New York: Routledge. 2018. p. 30-55. (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory).