Evil, evils, Ethics


Apropos of Levinas’s comment I posted the other day:

Evil is Being in excess, Being that has lost its measure.  However, Being has no measure, except where there is an ethical point of view to delimit it, to endow it with its proper measure, to relate violence and destruction to those who produce and distribute them and to those who undergo them.

Evil is a storm of meaninglessness, formless violence that precedes ethical values and in fact endows them with their proper task: to let a certain aspect of Evil appear only in order to conceal the overwhelming excess that constitutes it. Ethics may thus be described as an appropriation and forgetfulness of Evil.

Adi Ophir, “Evil, Evils and the question of Ethics.”