By Richard Raatzsch, Ladislaus Lob
This booklet is a concise philosophical meditation on Iago and the character of evil, in the course of the exploration of the iconic puzzle present in Shakespeare's Othello. What drives Iago to orchestrate Othello's downfall? rather than treating Iago's loss of cause because the play's maximum weak point, The Apologetics of Evil exhibits how this absence of cause is the play's maximum power. Richard Raatzsch determines that Iago doesn't search a selected finish or revenge for a discrete mistaken; in its place, Iago is ruled by way of a fondness for interesting in itself. Raatzsch explains that this ardour is a pathological model of normal human habit and that Iago lacks the facility to recognize others; what concerns such a lot to him is the adaptation among himself and the remainder of the world.
The booklet opens with a portrait of Iago, and considers the character and ethical importance of the evil that he represents. Raatzsch addresses the limits dividing normality and pathology, conceptualizing evil as a pathological type of the great or usual. visible this manner, evil is conceptually depending on the standard, and Iago, as a sort of ethical monster, is a type of nonbeing. accordingly, his activities can be understood and defended, whether they can't be justified. In a quick epilogue, Raatzsch argues that literature's presentation of what's huge or virtuous can represent an figuring out of those innovations, now not purely illustrate them.