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Catching Theodicy

Posted on the 03 August 2011 by Cris

Over at Slate, Ron Rosenbaum reads Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 through the lens of theodicy.

Catching Theodicy

Like many who view metaphysicians with a combination of bemusement and horror, Heller finds the never-ending rationalizations and justifications absurd. No matter how impressive the intellectual gymnastics, theodicy can’t make sense of that which can’t make sense.

Rosenbaum is on to something here, which seems like good occasion to re-read Heller’s masterpiece.


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