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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 
Century

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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