On Evil by Terry Eagleton

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October 2010, no. 325
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James Ley reviews 'On Evil' by Terry Eagleton

On Evil

by Terry Eagleton

Yale University Press, $39.95 hb, 176 pp

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On Evil by Terry Eagleton

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October 2010, no. 325

One of the more robust responses to what has come to be called the New Atheism has been that of the influential literary critic Terry Eagleton. He weighed into the argument early with an aggressive and widely cited critique of Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion (2006) in the London Review of Books, in which he charged Dawkins with theological ignorance. He extended his argument in a series of lectures, published as Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God debate (2009), which condemned the atheist movement for its allegiance to an outdated form of nineteenth-century positivism and for its optimistic belief in the virtues of progressive liberal humanism. His latest book, On Evil, is a kind of supplement to the debate, in which he attempts to drive home what he considers the naïveté of such a view.

James Ley reviews 'On Evil' by Terry Eagleton

On Evil

by Terry Eagleton

Yale University Press, $39.95 hb, 176 pp

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