Political and Moral Philosophy: The Problem of Evil before and after Auschwitz

Course Information
TitleΠολιτική και ηθική φιλοσοφία: Το πρόβλημα του κακού: πριν και μετά το Auschwitz / Political and Moral Philosophy: The Problem of Evil before and after Auschwitz
CodeΜΗΦ 101
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDionysios Drosos
Course ID600016181

Programme of Study: Philosophy: Texts, Interpretations, Practices

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Istoría tīs FilosofíasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10
Politikī, Īthikī, DíkaioElective Courses beloging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Understanding the distinction of personal from political ethics. Learning of the fundamental philosophical approaches to the problem of evil. Sensibilization on the originality of the problem of evil after the experience of the Holocaust, as a challenge to philosophy, theology, psychology, and law.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. The problem of Evil before the religions of the Bible 2. The question of free will and free agency 3. St Paul, St Augustine 4. Immanuel Kant: Radical Evil 5. Evil and human agency: collective evildoing 6. Genocide: moral and political aspects 7. The uniqueness of the Shoah 8. The banality of evil 9. Understanding Evil after the Shoah. New challenges for Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, and Law
Evil, Theodicy, Freedom of Will, Radical Evil, Banality of Evil, Shoah, St Augustine, I.Kant, Hannah Arendt
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of PowerPoint in Course Teaching Use documentary footage Projection and analysis of movies Use of internet in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments502
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
(δεν δίδονται βιβλία από τον Εύδοξο)
Additional bibliography for study
Αυγουστίνος: Εξομολογήσεις ,τομ.Α-Β, Πατάκης, Αθήνα 1999 Alain Badiou: Η ηθική. Δοκίμιο για τη συνείδηση του Κακού. Scripta 1998 Jean François Mattéi: Η εσωτερική βαρβαρότητα. Δοκίμιο για τη σύγχρονη ακοσμία. Αρμός 1999 René Girard: Εθεώρουν τον σατανάν ως αστραπήν... Εξάντας 2002 Max Scheler: Ο μνησίκακος άνθρωπος. Ίνδικτος 2002 Paul Ricoeur: Το κακό. Μια πρόκληση για τη φιλοσοφία και τη θεολογία. Πόλις 2005 Θάνος Λίποβατς: Η απατηλή σαγήνη και η διαβρωτική βία του κακού. Πόλις 2012 Immanuel Kant: “Η αποτυχία όλων των φιλοσοφικών προσπαθειών στη θεοδικία”, Δοκίμια. Δωδώνη 1971 Immanuel Kant: Η Θρησκεία εντός των ορίων του λόγου και μόνο. Πόλις 2007 Hannah Arendt: Ο Eichmann στην Ιερουσαλήμ. Μια έκθεση για την κοινοτοπία του κακού. Νησίδες 2009. Hannah Arendt: Οι απαρχές του ολοκληρωτισμού. 3 Τόμοι. Νησίδες, 2017 Nathalie Zaltzman: Το πνεύμα του κακού. Νησίδες, 2018 Bergen, Bernard J.: Hannah Arendt and "The Final Solution". Rowman & Littlefield 1998 Hannah Arendt: Responsibility and Judgment. Schocken Books, 2005 Richard Bernstein: Radical Evil. A Philosophical Interogation. Polity 2002 Ruth W. Grant: Naming Evil. Judging Evil. Chicago 2006 Simon Baron-Cohen: The Science of Evil. On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty. Basic Books 2011 Terry Eagleton: On Evil. Yale 2010 Susan Neiman: Evil in Modern Thought. Princeton 2004 Mark Larrimore (ed): The Problem of Evil. Blackwell 2001
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