Call for Papers for Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Conference to be held in Montreal, 15-18 October 2008.
Evil for the Common Good: the Function of Evil in the Long Eighteenth
In this panel, we seek to explore the function of evil in
eighteenth-century literature and thought. Against the backdrop of
theories that assumed that evil -- whether it was construed to be the
outcome of social organization or an inevitable component of human
nature -- needed and could be eliminated, numerous eighteenth-century
authors discover evil as a necessary force even within a perfect system.
This reevaluation of evil takes place in a variety of disciplines: in
economics, Smith and Mandeville propagate the idea that people who work
for their own interest, and thereby neglect the Christian doctrine of
brotherly love, make the common good possible in the first place; in
philosophy and theology, Leibniz newly asks the question of theodicy,
concluding the necessity of the malum physicum for the unfolding of the
divine plan; and in aesthetics and drama theory, Lessing is convinced
that identification and therefore catharsis can only take place because
of the protagonistís moral failure. We welcome papers that address the
question of evil from these and similar perspectives.
Please submit 200-250 word abstracts electronically by April 28, to
Orsolya Kiss ([log in to unmask]) or Christine Lehleiter
([log in to unmask]).
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