Title

Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart

SMC Author

Patrick Downey

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Author Role

author

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

Philosophy

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2-2009

Publisher/Venue

InterVarsity Press Academic

Description/Abstract

What is the human heart like? Theologians and philosophers have attempted to address this question, not just in the abstract, but concretely in personal, as well as social and political, dimensions. Patrick Downey explores the biblical writings of Genesis and the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, the Greek tragedies, Plato, Aristotle, and political philosophers--such as Rousseau, Hobbes, Nietzsche and René Girard--to seek answers to this profound question.

Recognizing our resistance to know the truth about our own hearts, Downey calls his readers to join with these thinkers in the search for truth and serious self-reflection. Not for the faint of heart, this book courageously addresses the most foundational question of our existence as individuals in community. What is the nature of the human heart and can we, will we, know it?

ISBN

978-0-8308-2894-4

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Philosophy

Original Citation

Downey, Patrick. Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press Academic, February 2009. 978-0-8308-2894-4.

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