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The evil: the powerlessness of the spirit

Transgression of the Inexistent. A Philosophical Vocabulary
French-Tunisian philosopher Mehdi Belhaj Kacem wants to teach us the way to good through increased insight into evil.

First he broke through with a novel such as 21 year, then got an award for his role in the film Wild Innocence (2001), after which he retired to the country to devote himself to the philosophy that culminated with the father murder of his old teacher Alain Badiou (After Badiou, 2011). Here he attacks the notion that philosophy must be a procedure for the good life, for no one can use this for anything in their own lives, and not at all today, where technology has taken over. But what if something new is happening in philosophy that is worth listening to? “If the philosophers are so smart,” Kacem asks, “why is nobody believing in them? Why is it religion that dominates our self-declared secular age? ”As Lenin asks, what should be done? His answer is that we must try to understand evil as part of nature, civilization and man's own dramatic process. As a self-taught anti-philosopher, he would urge us to leave the schools of university philosophy and, with Reiner Schürmann (born German-French philosopher), instead pay attention to the tragic conflict and tension that marks existence itself.

Perhaps humanism is only possible as a form of grief work.

The evil. We are used to thinking of evil as a moral mistake, one. . .

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Alexander Carnera
Carnera is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen.

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