Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie: Das Böse im Anthropozän? Heft 46.3/2021

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In view of the irreversible consequences of human actions in the Anthropocene, the category of evil must be fundamentally reconsidered and critically questioned. Human beings dominate both animate and inanimate nature, a phenomenon which is accompanied by unprecedented environmental destruction. It follows that classical concepts of individual attribution and subjective guilt no longer provide viable explanatory patterns for ethical responsibility. In light of the ecological destruction characterizing the discourse on the Anthropocene, the models of responsibility for evil in the world put forward since Kant are under scrutiny and must in turn be reflected upon in a new philosophical way. The article in this issue explore this problem by recalling the relevant classical definitions of evil in Kant, Schelling, Heidegger and Arendt and by asking about their philosophical implications for the global changes of our time.

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