Evil and Social Sciences
Monday, 2 June 2014, 9:00am – 6:00pm,
Being both a pillar and an heir of modernity, social sciences share modernity’s most fundamental premises. As a result, social sciences have traditionally repressed or given insufficient consideration to the problem of evil. Specifically, they have oscillated between positivism – which denies the importance of values, and neo-Nietzscheanism, with its ontology of violence – which attempts to go beyond notions of evil (and good). Although the social sciences have made a concerted effort to “bring back in” such marginalized elements of social life, it is only now that they are attempting to give evil its due. The main purpose of our conference is to reflect on this emerging trend.
The conference is organized by the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna, and the Centre for Thought of John Paul II in Warsaw, in cooperation with Warsaw University’s Institute of Sociology, and the anti-disciplinary journal, State of Affairs (www.stanrzeczy.edu.pl).