Amir Abbas Moslemi, Of Mice and Men Gaze at Evil, ILSHS Volume 80, International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 80)
    Ezra Pound&rsquo;s <i>S</i><i>h</i><i>i-Shu:</i><i> Rats </i>is read Foucauldianly to instantiate an interaction between Confucianism and Western schools of thought in response to the problem of evil. There is a review of Leibniz&rsquo;s theodicy to clear up confusion, and also to pave the way for a succession of readings of a number of philosophers like Hume and James &mdash; foregrounding epistemic inclination of poets like Pope, Wordsworth and Burns. &lsquo;Accidentality&rsquo; and &lsquo;essentiality&rsquo; are key philosophic terms, without which this problem cannot hold its logical structure, especially in terms of an answer. Epistemo-political &lsquo;docility&rsquo; and literal &lsquo;decency&rsquo; are employed together for the first time to be reintroducing ancient relationship between cruel politicians and carceral system. Utopia is taken as a mere dream so that &lsquo;the problem&rsquo; would tend to keep its identity. What is new in this paper is a &lsquo;gaze&rsquo;-wise trace of mice in literature supporting the problem of evil in philosophy, based on an actual political background, within a broad sociological realm.
    Carceral Archeology, Confucian Philosophy, Episteme, Mouse, Problem of Evil, Rat