What is the nature of evil? Analytical Essay by Nicky

What is the nature of evil?
Analytic piece on the nature of evil.
# 148525 | 2,693 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Other) , Philosophy (General)

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This piece is very analytical and largely a philosophic piece. It is not necessarily an original exploration in philosophy but pulls together theories of good and evil. Theories it pulls from are relegated to theology, philosophy, and various other cultural, social or historical thinkers. The entire piece is divided into six sections; two of which explore evil from philosophers St. Augustine and Immanuel Kant.

Overview of the Question of Evil
The Gnostic View
Augustine and the Separation from God
Kant and Human Will as the Source of Evil
Summary and Synthesis

From the Paper:

"The myth goes on to describe the divine character of Sophia, who creates an image of herself or an offspring without consent of gods and which result in the birth of the demiurge who rules the word. However, a lengthy overview of the Gnostic myth is outside the parameters of this paper and the central point that needs to be stressed is that evil is seen as the false god who exists and acts outside of the control of mankind. At the same time mankind can escape the demiurge through direct revelation of 'gnosis' of the true God. An important aspect to the nature of evil, which will be seen to relate to the views put forward by Kant, is that Sophia falls prey to the illusion of self-love and this is in effect a cause of evil within the human heart."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Brief Response to the Problem of Evil. April 22, 2009. <http://chaosandoldnight.wordpress.com/2007/02/12/a-brief-response-to-the-problem of-evil/>
  • Augustine Influences Christianity. April 22, 2009. http://www.fsmitha.com/h1/ch25.htm
  • Gill N. Seneca - A Thinker for Our Times. April 21, 2009. <http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/seneca/a/Seneca.htm>
  • Kant, Schopenhauer, and the Problem of Evil. April 22, 2009. http://www.hugoholbling.org/heterodoxia/?p=91
  • Our Seneca. April 21, 2009. <http://ourseneca.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html>

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