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Dimensions of evil : contemporary perspectives

Author: Terry D Cooper
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Despite millennia of reflection, no consensus has developed on the character and dynamics of evil. This survey volume composes a framework for analysis of the many dimensions and aspects of the question of evil. Cooper interrogates the most salient philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and social scientists of the last one hundred years on the question." "Cooper's work captures insights from several quarters  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terry D Cooper
ISBN: 9780800662172 0800662172
OCLC Number: 123968133
Description: 285 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Evil and evolution : Darwin and the brutalities of nature --
Natural history without religion --
The voyage and the emerging conviction of natural selection --
Nature's cruelty : philosophical and religious implications --
Darwin's struggle with theodicy --
Does evolution necessitate atheism? --
Evolution as religion : Richard Dawkins and Alister McGrath --
Evolution and the God of classical metaphysics --
Providence and purpose after Darwin --
Metaphysical impatience and emerging purpose --
Summary --
Evil, ethics, and evolutionary psychology --
Evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, and Darwinian anthropology --
Darwin and ethics --
From Darwin to evolutionary psychology --
The controversial issue of altruism --
Aggression and reproductive competition --
Evolutionary psychology and religion --
Determinism and transcendence : the central problem --
Original sin and evolutionary psychology --
Summary --
Evil and the psychoanalytic tradition --
Freud's gradual turn to the death instinct --
Freud, evil, and religion --
Tillich, Niebuhr, and Freud --
Erich Fromm and human destructiveness --
"Life lovers" and "death lovers" --
Fromm's syndrome of decay --
Fromm and Tillich on estrangement and healing --
Ernest Becker : evil and the denial of death --
Fear of death and evil --
Does Becker exaggerate our narcissism? --
Summary --
Human potential and human destructiveness : the psychology of hate --
Threat, anxiety, and reactive thinking --
The role of egocentricity --
Reactive offenders and psychopaths --
Mental distortion and enemy making --
The other side of hate --
Hate and the shadow --
Jesus, Paul, and the shadow --
The Jekyll and Hyde story --
Varieties and transformations of hate --
Reasons for hate --
The first experience of hate --
Hatred, absolutes, and the "evil imagination" --
Purifying our hatred --
Evaluating these three theories of hate --
Summary --
Ordinary people and malevolent circumstances : the social context of evil --
Destructive obedience --
How much do social-psychology experiments tell us about evil? --
The breakdown of self-regulation --
Social critiques of excessive individualism --
Summary --
Individual and systemic evil : should one be privileged over the other? --
Sin reaffirmed : Langdon Gilkey and Shantung compound --
Niebuhr, anxiety, and sin --
Pride and self-obsession --
From the anxious individual to the corrupt system --
Original violence : Marjorie Suchocki's objection to Niebuhr --
The shift from the individual to the social in pastoral care --
A Niebuhrian response to feminist and liberation charges --
Summary --
Concluding thoughts --
Twelve major convictions --
An open-ended issue.
Responsibility: Terry D. Cooper.
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