We’re excited to welcome Think Olio back to present another amazing 90-minute class (with a beer break, of course) at the ‘days. This go around the class is “The Problem of Evil,” taught by Jeanne Proust. Jeanne has studied philosophy and visual arts in Bordeaux, Berlin and Paris and has taught at universities around New York City. Here’s what she has to say to prep the session:
When we try to describe, understand and respond to various atrocities such as rapes, genocides, or serial killings, we often use the word EVIL. A wide range of questions arise when we try to think critically about the relevance of this term within the various discourses we are surrounded with.
Should we use the term ‘evil’ in our moral, political, and legal discourse and thinking, or is evil an outdated or empty concept which should be abandoned?
What happens when we qualify an action, or someone as being evil? What causes this moral judgement, and what effects may have this judgement?
In this Olio we will begin a discussion about the historicity of the concept of Evil, its relativity, and the diversity of feelings that it inspires in us, such as fear, disgust, shame, spite, hate, or compassion. Together, we will try to analyze the complexity of this concept, and the symbolic representations that it may carry.
7:30p / $15**
**Class is $15, but don't worry, if you're just coming to hang out, have dinner or have a drink, Nowadays is free as usual.