Is that evil good

26.08.2015 16:06

"What is evil good for?"

Dr. Ana Honnacker Press and public relations
Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover

The winners of the Scientific Prize question 2015 of the Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover have been determined: Dr. Zachary J. Goldberg, Regensburg (1st prize), Dr. Marcel Vondiessen, Freiburg (2nd prize) and Dr. Dennis Badenhop, Greifswald (3rd prize) convinced the jury with their contributions.

“What is evil good for?” Was the tenth scientific prize question that the Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover (FIPH) had advertised. The number of essays sent in clearly reflected the interest and the unbroken philosophical topicality of the question of evil. In their contributions, the award winners question the talk of evil in a particularly original and expert manner in terms of its meaningfulness and its potential.

Zachary Goldberg puts the aspect of taking responsibility in the face of (inevitable) human misconduct in the foreground and underlines the human capacity for moral argumentation and choice. Marcel Vondamon focuses on evil as an instrument of self-assurance, as a mechanism of demarcation from the outside world. From the perspective of the theory of identity-shaping groups, he pleads for pluralization instead of reduction of identities and thus for a different kind of social coexistence. Using mythology and fiction, Dennis Badenhop brings literature and philosophy into conversation. It shows how he who does evil can be understood as a rational agent.

The awards will be presented on September 11, 2015 as part of an academic ceremony in the Hildesheim Cathedral Library. The laudation will be given by Prof. Dr. Birgit Recki (University of Hamburg), member of the board of directors and the jury. The winners then have the opportunity to present their contributions.
The FIPH has been awarding the essay prize, endowed with a total of € 6,000, since 2002. The award is given to previously unpublished philosophical essays which, through innovative ideas and unfamiliar perspectives, advance the answer to the question asked and are at the height of the philosophical discussion without referring to it again. The jury for the selection of the award winners is formed by the board of the Foundation Research Institute for Philosophy Hannover.

Date: 09/11/2015, 7.30 p.m.
Location: Hildesheim Cathedral Library, Domhof 30, 31134 Hildesheim

Registration is required:

Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover
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30169 Hanover
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The number of participants is limited due to the spatial conditions. Registrations are considered in the order of receipt.

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