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The optimistic reading of the myth is expressed by M. Elpis takes the more common meaning of expectant hope. And while the jar served as a prison for the evils that escaped, it thereafter serves as a residence for Hope.

West explains, "It would be absurd to represent either the presence of ills by their confinement in a jar or the presence of hope by its escape from one. Neither Alciato nor Faerno had named who was responsible for opening the jar beyond saying it was a "mortal". During the Renaissance it is the name of Epimetheus that is mentioned as often as not, as in the engraving by Bonasone noticed above and the mention of Pandora's partner in a rondeau that Isaac de Benserade took it on himself to insert into his light-hearted version of the Metamorphoses - although Ovid had not in fact written about it himself.

Out of it boils a cloud which carries up a man and a dragon; between them they support a scroll reading " sero nimirum sapere caepit " finding out too late , in reference to the meaning of Epimetheus' name in Greek. Another Venetian print, ascribed to Marco Angelo del Moro active — , is much more enigmatic. Usually titled "Pandora's Box, or The Sciences that Illuminate the Human Spirit", it portrays a woman in antique dress opening an ornate coffer from which spill books, manuscripts, snakes and bats.

By Pandora's side is a woman carrying a burning brand, while a horned figure flees in the opposite direction. Above is a curved vault painted with signs of the zodiac to which the sun-god Apollo is pointing, while opposite him another figure falls through the stars. Commentators ascribe different meanings to these symbols as contradictory as the contents of the chest. In one reading, the hand Pandora holds up to her face makes her the figure of Ignorance.

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The falling figure opposite him may be identified either as Lucifer or as night fleeing before the dawn; in either case, the darkness of ignorance is about to be dispelled. The question remains whether the box thus opened will in the end be recognised as a blessing; whether the ambiguous nature of knowledge is either to help or to hurt. In later centuries the emphasis in art has generally been on the person of Pandora. With few exceptions the box has appeared merely as her attribute. In each of these the main interest is in the social and human effects of the evils released from the box and in only one of them does Pandora figure as a character.

At its opening, Mercury has been sent in the guise of Harlequin to check whether the box given by Jupiter to the animated statue Pandora has been opened. He proceeds to stir up disruption in her formerly happy village, unleashing ambition, competition, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, injustice, treachery and ill-health. Amid the social breakdown, Pierrot falls out with the bride he was about to marry at the start of the play and she becomes engaged instead to a social upstart. The play by Philippe Poisson was a one-act verse comedy first produced in There Mercury visits the realm of Pluto to interview the ills shortly to be unleashed on mankind.

They are preceded by Love, who argues that he deserves to figure among them as a bringer of social disruption. Mercury comes on a visit, bringing the fatal box with him. In it are the evils soon to subvert the innocence of the new creations. These are followed by seven bringers of evil: envy, remorse, avarice, poverty, scorn, ignorance and inconstancy.

The corrupted children are rejected by Prometheus but Hope arrives at the end to bring a reconciliation. It is evident from these plays that, in France at least, blame had shifted from Pandora to the trickster god who contrives and enjoys mankind's subversion. Although physical ills are among the plagues that visit humanity, greater emphasis is given to the disruptive passions which destroy the possibility of harmonious living.

Two poems in English dealing with Pandora's opening of the box are in the form of monologues , although Frank Sayers preferred the term monodrama for his recitation with lyrical interludes, written in In this Pandora is descending from Heaven after being endowed with gifts by the gods and therefore feels empowered to open the casket she carries, releasing strife, care, pride, hatred and despair. Only the voice of Hope is left to comfort her at the end. While the speakers of the verse monologues are characters hurt by their own simplicity, Rossetti's painting of the red-robed Pandora, with her expressive gaze and elongated hands about the jewelled casket, is a more ambiguous figure.

So too is the girl in Lawrence Alma-Tadema 's watercolour of Pandora see above , as the comments of some of its interpreters indicate.

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Sideways against a seascape, red haired and naked, she gazes down at the urn lifted towards her "with a look of animal curiosity", according to one contemporary reviewer, [44] or else "lost in contemplation of some treasure from the deep" according to another account. In the iconography of the time, such a figure is usually associated with the femme fatale , [46] but in this case the crown of hyacinths about her head identifies Pandora as an innocent Greek maiden.

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The name of Pandora already tells her future. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the mythological artifact. For other uses, see Pandora's box disambiguation. Main article: Pandora. Hesiod, Works and Days , Haidt presents recent psychological research that confirms an important truth: most of the time we simply have no idea why we are doing what we are doing. We respond to most of the things we experience in life by immediate gut reactions.

But here is the crazy part: Our minds hurry along afterwards, like well-paid lawyers, in order to explain why what we did, said, or decided to believe was or is the most obvious, logical, rational thing that anyone else with our wisdom and life experience would have felt compelled to choose in the exact same situation.

Perhaps they are even pure evil. Rather, it contributes to our innate wisdom and brilliance.

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If only more people would listen to us, the world would be such a better place. Furthermore, we are all doing this, all the time, at the same time as everybody else.

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So how do we make it? Well, we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. We compare ourselves to others so that we can spin opinion in our own favor. This is fairly easy to do. This contradiction can be seen most clearly when we consider the most extreme forms of evil: war crimes, serial murders, sex offences, murders committed by children. Taking the traditional position that evil is an active force creating monsters in human shape, this book shows that this idea is still at work--both in the popular imagination, cultivated in fiction and film about vampires, monsters, and serial killers and in real form in the media, most recently in relation to migrants and terrorism.

Cole delves deeply into two approaches to evil: the traditional approach where evil is regarded as a force that creates monsters in human form, and a more recent perspective that regards evil as the consequence of the actions of misguided or mentally deranged agents. Cole rejects both approaches and posits that evil is a myth humankind has created about itself.

Phillip Cole

Drawing on philosophical ideas as well as on theological perspectives, psychological theories, and fictional representations, this book provides a thorough and thought-provoking account of the puzzling concept of evil and a reconsideration of the common understanding of human nature. His previous book Philosophies of Exclusion: Liberal Political Theory and Immigration received the North American Society for Social Philosophy's annual award for the best book on social philosophy to be published in