Understanding Evil

Evil fascinates more than it repulses—and is something we must reconsider time and again as ever new forms appear. Does it make sense to say that evil exists? What about evil people? Or is talk of evil merely a form of demonization, and one with dangerous political consequences, as well? Should we rely on other categories for describing the world’s wrongs? And if so, how should we understand Adolf Eichmann or the genocide in Rwanda, to name just two of the many cases that call for explanation?

Work in progress:

Following the international success of Evil in Modern Thought, Susan Neiman was contracted by Princeton University Press to prepare a university textbook on the subject. The Evil in Modern Thought Reader (co-edited with Trip McCrossin) will appear in 2017.


Some related events:
The Seduction of Banality: Evil Reconsidered (2015)
Saints and Madmen: The Limits of Integrity (2014; co-organized with Amber Carpenter and Rachael Wiseman)
Hiobs Botschaften: Reflections on the Book of Job (2012)


Selected publications:
Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy (2002; expanded new edition for Princeton Classics, 2015; translations in German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Turkish, and Spanish)