Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia

By Keith Doubt | Go to book overview
Save to active project


By glorifying and blessing himself as his own creator, he com-
mits the lie against being, yea, he wants to raise it, the lie, to rule
over being—for truth shall no longer be what he experiences as
such, but what he ordains as such.

—Martin Buber

When addressing the significance of postmodernism, it is helpful to keep in mind that the founders of postmodernism—Michel Foucault, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Jacques Derrida—are all admirers of the ancient Sophists. Foucault, for instance, identifies positively with Callicles in the Gorgias and Thrasymachus in the Republic. He resents the “reassuring dialectic” that Socrates employs to refute his ancient friends, and it is as if Foucault believes that, if he were to encounter Socrates today, he (unlike his ancient friends) would remain firm in his antipathy toward Platonic philosophy and defense of sophistry. Postmodernism is the serious revival and unabashed celebration of the Sophists’ overturning of ancient philosophy.

With the publication of A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia, Peter Handke speaks about evil from a postmodern perspective. Shortly

An earlier version of this chapter appeared as “O nepravdi postmodernism: Peter Handke o Srbiji i lecija iz Bosne” in Novi Izraz and then in Sociology after Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice.


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 152

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?