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“Literature and the Problem of Evil” - The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 56 (1/2020)

Jagiellonian University Cracow, Poland
Organization: The Polish Journal of Aesthetics
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Event Date: 2019-08-31 Abstract Due: 2019-08-31


“Literature and the Problem of Evil”

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 56 (1/2020)


Fiona Ellis (University of Roehampton, London)

Marek Drwi?ga (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)

Adriana Warmbier (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)

Submission deadline: August 31, 2019

The problem of evil in its classical form refers to the question whether one may reconcile the existence of evil with the existence of God who is a perfectly benevolent omnipotent being. In The City of God, St. Augustine confronts a central problem: How did evil come into the world if human beings were created good? A wide range of responses to this question has been given not only in philosophy and theology but also in literature and film. 'Literature is not innocent' stated Georges Bataille persuading that only by acknowledging its complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. Literature affords various accounts of manifestation of evil (its nature, origins and consequences in human life). Numerous writers have delved deeply into the psychological and metaphysical dimensions of evil, among them there is a Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Not only has he provided a detailed insight as to how is psychology tied to the metaphysical aspect of human existence, but also he addressed the question of whether crime and transgression can be a privileged avenue of access into the human interior. The earliest accounts of evil in texts including the Bible and Greek myth and in philosophy (Plato, Plotinus, St. Augustine, G.W. Leibniz, I. Kant, F. Nietzsche, H. Arendt) have been related to the major attempts to square God's justice with the presence of evil.

We would like to explore the intersections between literary modes of representations of evil and philosophical thought. Thus we invite authors to contribute to the current reflections on the problem of evil in literature. A critical look at the classical or recent literary manifestation of this issue will be most appreciated.


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The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is a philosophical-aesthetic periodical, which has been published quarterly since 2001 by the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. The journal has a long editorial tradition and is affiliated with one of the oldest European universities; simultaneously, it continuously grows through systematic development. The editors’ goal is to implement and maintain the highest international publishing standards and practices, resulting in the publication of eminently substantive articles and papers addressing important and topical issues concerning artistic performances and activities. Each year, four volumes of the journal are published devoted to specific issues of aesthetics and philosophy of art, prepared in co-operation with experts of a particular subject.

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Adriana Warmbier