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Power, love and evil; contribution to a philosophy of the damaged.


Power, love and evil; contribution to a philosophy of the damaged.

Cristaudo, Wayne.

Editions Rodopi


166 pages



At the interface; probing the boundaries; v.42


Appealing to those who are dissatisfied with traditional philosophical accounts along with post-Nietzschean and post-Marxian social theories, Cristaudo (European studies, U. of Hong Kong) breaks with contemporary, ubiquitous dogmas about the nature of the real and of the damaged. Instead, he draws upon the concept of generative action as it appears in literature, philosophy, religion and popular culture. He examines the nature of catastrophe and the necessity of evil, the workings of sacrifice as love's ultimate demand, the nature of evil and the phantasmic, damage as a logic of evil, denial and the elimination of evil (and evil's elimination of the subject in denial), truth and faith or forms and signs of life's power, love and the limits of justice, and the art of "alchemizing" evil. The result is an interesting take on what constitutes evil and love, and how they continue to damage each other.

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