File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0112, message 24

Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 09:40:52 -0600
Subject: Re: The Problem of Evil/Conclusion

steve.devos wrote:

> Does 'radical evil', can evil be said to exist as such?
> Where does Badiou refer to Hitler as evil?


Second question first.  Badiou discusses Hitler on pages 64-65, but my
reference was more explicitly to p63 wehere Badiou discusses how Evil is
first defined as radical Evil which can never be measured, but then is
used to condemn other regimes in a political context. Badiou uses the
example of "Nassar is Hitler, Hussein is Hitler and Milosevic is Hitler.
I was simply changing the comparison to make it more current.

By the way, I tend to agree with overall about Evil. The concept seems
too supernatural and theological to be of any use and I tend to frame
issues from a naturalistic perspective in terms of good and bad instead.

My question is this.  Badiou clearly believes in some form of Evil, even
though he critiques others such as Levinas.  Do you take issue with him
over this?



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