Evil is compelling, and not a little glamorous. But what separates the silver-tongued scoundrel from the monster of motiveless malignity?

The idea of evil has gone out of favor in recent times: it smacks too much of absolute judgments and metaphysical certainties to suit the modern age. But renowned literary critic and philosopher, Terry Eagleton, argues that evil remains a real phenomenon with palpable force in our contemporary world.

Terry Eagleton is a world-renowned literary critic and philosopher, and former Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. He has written over forty books, including Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983),The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990), and The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996). He is currently Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster. His most recent book is 'On Evil' (2010).

This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall on Sunday 19 September.

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