Of Mice and Men Gaze at Evil

Amir Abbas Moslemi
2018 International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences  
Ezra Pound's Shi-Shu: Rats is read Foucauldianly to instantiate an interaction between Confucianism and Western schools of thought in response to the problem of evil. There is a review of Leibniz's theodicy to clear up confusion, and also to pave the way for a succession of readings of a number of philosophers like Hume and James — foregrounding epistemic inclination of poets like Pope, Wordsworth and Burns. 'Accidentality' and 'essentiality' are key philosophic terms, without which this
more » ... t which this problem cannot hold its logical structure, especially in terms of an answer. Epistemo-political 'docility' and literal 'decency' are employed together for the first time to be reintroducing ancient relationship between cruel politicians and carceral system. Utopia is taken as a mere dream so that 'the problem' would tend to keep its identity. What is new in this paper is a 'gaze'-wise trace of mice in literature supporting the problem of evil in philosophy, based on an actual political background, within a broad sociological realm.
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