Problem of Evil: Dr Gary Day

"Sooner or later we all run into something that makes us stop and think; usually too late. The break-up of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, a natural disaster, an act of unspeakable cruelty. Why do such things happen? Is there some evil force at work in the world that brings pain and sorrow? Or is it some lack in us, or in our social arrangements that makes people do terrible things to one another? This five-week course will look at what we mean by evil, how some thinkers have tried to explain it and what, if anything, we can do about it. One of the most haunting definitions of evil that I have read is that it is ‘love gone wrong’; and I think that’s a good place to begin our journey. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan."