Monday, January 06, 2003

That evil exists is obvious to even the most casual observer, as my father used to say, and as a subject has attained topic du jour status in post 9-11 commentary. Epicurus famously asked "What is the cause of evil" and though he doesn't engage that question, Christopher Hitchens recently wrote a thoughtful, though ultimately disappointing, essay defending the use of the word as "the best negative superlative that we possess".

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