The Resource The Apologetics of Evil : The Case of Iago

The Apologetics of Evil : The Case of Iago

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The Apologetics of Evil : The Case of Iago
Title
The Apologetics of Evil
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The Case of Iago
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eng
Summary
This book is a concise philosophical meditation on Iago and the nature of evil, through the exploration of the enduring puzzle found in Shakespeare's Othello. What drives Iago to orchestrate Othello's downfall? Instead of treating Iago's lack of motive as the play's greatest weakness, The Apologetics of Evil shows how this absence of motive is the play's greatest strength. Richard Raatzsch determines that Iago does not seek a particular end or revenge for a discrete wrong; instead, Iago is governed by a passion for intriguing in itself. Raatzsch explains that this passion is a pathological version of ordinary human behavior and that Iago lacks the ability to acknowledge others; what matters most to him is the difference between himself and the rest of the world. The book opens with a portrait of Iago, and considers the nature and moral significance of the evil that he represents. Raatzsch addresses the boundaries dividing normality and pathology, conceptualizing evil as a pathological form of the good or ordinary. Seen this way, evil is conceptually dependent on the ordinary, and Iago, as a form of moral monster, is a kind of nonbeing. Therefore, his actions might be understood and defended, even if they cannot be justified. In a brief epilogue, Raatzsch argues that literature's presentation of what is monstrous or virtuous can constitute an understanding of these concepts, not merely illustrate them
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Raatzsch, Richard
LC call number
PR2993.I3 -- R33 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Löb, Ladislaus
Series statement
Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Ser.
Series volume
v.26
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Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Iago.;Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Othello.;Evil in literature
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The Apologetics of Evil : The Case of Iago
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1 online resource (124 pages)
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9781400830763
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  • (OCoLC)697174325
Label
The Apologetics of Evil : The Case of Iago
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (124 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400830763
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC617246
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL617246
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10435958
  • (CaONFJC)MIL293567
  • (OCoLC)697174325

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