The Resource The poetics of evil : toward an aesthetic theodicy, Philip Tallon, (electronic resource)

The poetics of evil : toward an aesthetic theodicy, Philip Tallon, (electronic resource)

Label
The poetics of evil : toward an aesthetic theodicy
Title
The poetics of evil
Title remainder
toward an aesthetic theodicy
Statement of responsibility
Philip Tallon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What role does art play in unravelling the theological problem of evil? What can aesthetics show us about God's goodness in a world of iniquity? Philip Tallon constructs an aesthetic theodicy through a fascinating examination of Christian aesthetics, ranging from the writings of Augustine to contemporary philosophy. Tallon offers a new framework for theodicy that allows the substantial inclusion of aesthetics, building on the work of Eleonore Stump. He then examines the concept of cosmic harmony, the predominant aesthetic motif within medieval theodicy, and shows how Augustine develops this theme by interweaving his metaphysical, moral, and aesthetic views of reality. Tallon then examines other aesthetic themes within theodicy, with special attention to tragedy, a motif that has become increasingly integrated into theodicy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He shows where tragedy falls short as a sufficient theme for theodicy, but also demonstrates how it complements Augustine's theme of cosmic harmony. Finally, Tallon considers the horror of evil, an aesthetic theme that has often been used as an attack on the existence of God, but which has recently been used to understand how theodicy should be formulated to respond to the worst evils. By digging more deeply into the darker side of aesthetics, The Poetics of Evil offers a deeper perception of tragedy and malevolence, but also a richer understanding of the Christian response to the problem of evil
Cataloging source
NCLN
Dewey number
231/.8
Index
no index present
LC call number
BT160
LC item number
.T35 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The poetics of evil : toward an aesthetic theodicy, Philip Tallon, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Control code
000050261684
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Isbn
9780199779116
Other control number
9786613427205
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
342720
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b27876111
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827900586
  • oso0199778930

Library Locations

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