Escape from Evil? Notes on Capacity, Tragedy, Coding and Non-Destructive Immortality Projects

12 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2015

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Ronnie Lippens

Keele University - School of Sociology and Criminology

Date Written: June 16, 2015

Abstract

English Abstract: Like James Hardie-Bick’s (2015) contribution this paper elaborates on the importance for socio-legal studies of Ernest Becker’s (1924-1974) work on the destructive consequences of human … all too human forms of death denial. With Becker, it makes an attempt to think through the question, ‘Is it possible, in the light of the human condition, to escape evil?’ Terminally ill by the early 1970s, Becker himself was left no time to complete his thoughts on this matter. Focussing on the point where Becker left the discussion when he died in 1974 we make an attempt here, still with an eye on the aforementioned question, to explore the work of a number of philosophers whose work we know Becker was familiar with: Benedictus de Spinoza, Henri Bergson, and Albert Camus. In their work, it is argued here, one could find elements towards thinking through the question of evil, and the (im)possibility of escaping it.

Spanish Abstract: Al igual que el artículo de James Hardie-Bick (2015), este artículo profundiza en la importancia que tiene para los estudios sociojurídicos el trabajo de Ernest Becker (1924-1974) sobre las consecuencias destructivas del ser humano… y la tan humana negación de la muerte. Con Becker, se realiza un intento de reflexionar sobre esta pregunta: “Es posible, a la luz de la condición humana, escapar del mal? Enfermo terminal a comienzos de los años 70, el propio Becker no tuvo tiempo de completar sus pensamientos sobre este asunto. Centrándonos en el punto en el que Becker dejó el debate, cuando murió en 1974, y sin perder de vista esta pregunta, se intenta analizar el trabajo de una serie de filósofos, con el que estaba familiarizado Becker: Benedictus de Spinoza, Henri Bergson y Albert Camus. Se defiende que en su trabajo se pueden encontrar elementos que hacen pensar sobre la cuestión del mal, y la (im)posibilidad de escapar de él.

Keywords: Ernest Becker, evil, non-destructive immortality projects, human capacity, coding as tragedy, Ernest Becker, mal, proyectos de inmortalidad no destructiva, capacidad humana, codificación como tragedia

Suggested Citation

Lippens, Ronnie, Escape from Evil? Notes on Capacity, Tragedy, Coding and Non-Destructive Immortality Projects (June 16, 2015). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2619429

Ronnie Lippens (Contact Author)

Keele University - School of Sociology and Criminology ( email )

Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

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