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Evil: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Friday, June 27, 2014 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Evil is a recurrent theme across diverse accounts of human experience. But despite its ubiquity – and, in fact, sometimes precisely because of its ubiquity – human beings perpetually struggle to come to terms with it, whether individually or collectively. In academia, the idea of evil has provoked widespread reflection in the humanities and beyond. Whether the medium is philosophical treatise, theological doctrine, historical analysis, literary expression or something else besides, examining the theme of evil is a necessary aspect of exploring representations of humanity.

This conference is intended to bring together thinkers from a variety of disciplines and traditions, in order to illuminate this shared feature of human experience and academic reflection. It seeks to provoke dialogue between heterogeneous approaches to the issue, from attempts at definition in moral philosophy to those modern philosophers who seek to go beyond evil, to literary, theological, and historical approaches.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster): 'Is Pincher Martin Damned?'
  • George Pattison (University of Glasgow): ‘The Return of the Demonic: Tillich on Evil’

Please click here for the full list of speakers and titles.

Please click here for the conference programme.

This conference is sponsored by The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities, the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Wycliffe Hall, and the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture.

Contact Kate Kirkpatrick and Marieke Mueller: for more information.

Please register here. Online registration for this event closes 10 June. There is a £15 fee which includes lunch and coffees. Delegates will be able to register on the day for a fee of £5 but this will not include any refreshments (due to caterer requirements). There is, however, a cafe on site.

The event will start at the Andrew Wiles Building (Mathematical Institute) with parallel sessions in the Radcliffe Humanities Building. Both buildings can be found at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter on Woodstock Road.

Open to all