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Poetic Injustice: Theodicy and Tragic Vision

Philip Tallon

in The Poetics of Evil

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778935
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778935.003.0018
Poetic Injustice: Theodicy and Tragic Vision

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In seeking to offer a wider picture of what aesthetics can add to Christian theodicy, this chapter moves on to examine other aesthetic themes within theodicy. It looks at tragedy, a motif that has become increasingly integrated into theodicy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially valued for its focus on suffering. It examines the broad outlines of the “tragic vision” as it has been employed in the problem of evil discussion, and ultimately focuses on the theodicy of Wendy Farley. It explores Farley’s use of the tragic theme and shows where tragedy falls short as a sufficient theme for theodicy, as well as where it can helpfully complement Augustine’s theme of cosmic harmony.

Keywords: Farley; tragedy; aesthetic; theodicy; motif; Augustine; evil; cosmic harmony; suffering; injustice

Chapter.  16876 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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