HUMAN DIGNITY AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

  • Lect. Iosif Riviș-Tipei, PhD Aurel Vlaicu University, Arad
Keywords: Human dignity, problem of evil, the Holocaust, Stalinist trials, Adolf Eichmann, Ellie Wiesel

Abstract

The manifestation of evil poses one of the greatest challenges to the notion of human dignity. This article starts from the premise that it is profitable to conceive of human dignity in a negative way, by identifying aspects of human societal behaviour  that constitute attacks on, and abuses of, human rights and liberties. It then offers a discussion of evil and its manifestations as challenge to human dignity, exemplified by the Holocaust, the Stalinist trials and by Adolf Eichmann. The article  concludes with an account of Ellie Wiesel’s theological response to the problem of evil, identifying in it a way towards partial restoration of dignity for victims of abuse.

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Published
2022-06-17
How to Cite
Riviș-Tipei, PhD, L. I. (2022). HUMAN DIGNITY AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL. Journal for Freedom of Conscience (Jurnalul Libertății De Conștiință), 9(3), 618-628. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6574280