The nature of evil has intrigued philosophers for centuries. Daniel Conway, a professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, plans to complete a book, using his Arts and Humanities Fellowship, that articulates and defends a novel theory of evil.
Conway focuses his scholarship on nineteenth century European philosophy, social and political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. He has earned an international reputation as a leading scholar in his field, having authored three books, edited or co-edited another fourteen volumes, and published more than 100 articles, essays, and entries in scholarly journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. He has delivered 200-plus presentations and conference papers, including invited lectures on five continents. His research is widely cited by scholars of philosophy, political science, literature, and religious studies to chart the historical development of key philosophical concepts.
“I intend to turn my research in an exciting new direction,” Conway says. “I propose to develop an original theory of evil that will not only explain the persistence of moral relativism among college students and young people more generally, but also authorize meaningful attributions of evil to any human being who is involved in the destruction, whether actual or threatened, of life, liberty, property, hope, or aspiration.”
He intends to title the book, Facing Evil—in Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and Ourselves.
Conway earned his doctoral degree in philosophy in 1985 from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2006 after seventeen years as a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University.