Rethinking the “Problem of Evil” with Hannah Arendt and Grace Jantzen

  • Morny JoyEmail author


Discussions of the “problem of evil” in mainstream philosophy of religion publications have been loath to engage with Auschwitz as a symbol of the betrayal of human dignity. At the same time they have not investigated the problem of violence against women. In this chapter I propose to investigate initially, with reference to the work of Hannah Arendt and also of Grace Jantzen, the vital subject of unmerited violence and its relation to the “problem of evil.” Then, in an even more concentrated mode, with a specific focus on the work of Jantzen alone, I will examine the issue of violence against women. In so doing, I hope to challenge the extremely restricted nature of the traditional conceptions of evil and its treatment.


Theodicy Problem of evil Auschwitz Unmerited violence Violence against women 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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