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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 088 Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: The Appeal of Evil in Western Culture

Evil has been seductive since the Serpent "invaded" the Garden. In readings ranging from the Bible to gansta rap this seminar considers four paradigms of evil: theological philosophical psychological and political. Students define their own concepts of evil and discuss how culture constructs evil as the ultimate form of alienation-as sickness as secular immorality as political opposition and as religious perversion.


Donahue, Tiernan, Westfall