Book Review

Damage Control

Power, Love and Evil: Contribution to a Philosophy of the Damaged
by Wayne Cristaudo

Rodopi, 2008
(166 pages, $52.00, paperback)

reviewed byPeter J. Leithart

Power, Love, and Evil bills itself as a contribution to “philosophy,” but Wayne Cristaudo, an Australian philosopher who teaches European Studies at the University of Hong Kong, is not interested in ivory-tower speculation. With an ear to popular culture and an eye on modern politics, he investigates love and evil in a world where psychology, popular music, novels, and politics manifest a preoccupation with damage.

Unanalyzed Damage

We cannot understand damage without grasping the power of love and evil. “What is real is generative,” Cristaudo writes . . .

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Peter J. Leithart is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and the president of Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical & Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Alabama. His many books include Defending Constantine (InterVarsity), Between Babel and Beast (Cascade), and, most recently, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor University Press). His weblog can be found at www.leithart.com. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

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