Evil, Privation, Depression and Dread
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
© 2013 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2013 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1053, pages 552–564, September 2013
How to Cite
Robson, M. I. T. (2013), Evil, Privation, Depression and Dread. New Blackfriars, 94: 552–564. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2012.01516.x
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
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In this essay I examine the idea that evil is to be understood as a kind of absence or a privation. I put forward two arguments against this idea. The first claims that if evil is an absence it becomes causally powerless, which seems strongly contradicted by experience and revelation. The other argument says that the idea that evil is an absence cannot do justice to the evil of depression. Depression is a set of feelings which are all too real, and so cannot be understood as literally identical with a set of absences.