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Evil : inside human cruelty and violence

Author: Roy F Baumeister
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Integrating evidence from psychology, criminology, sociology, history, anthropology, and other disciplines to provide insight into the roots of cruelty and violence, Baumeister finds vivid examples, both historical and modern, that address compelling human issues: How do "ordinary" people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy F Baumeister
ISBN: 0716735679 9780716735670 0805071652 9780805071658 0716729024 9780716729020
OCLC Number: 42359381
Notes: Subtitle varies. Cover and spine reads : inside human violence and cruelty.
Description: ix, 431 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The question of evil, and the answers --
Part 1. Image and reality. Victims and perpetrators --
The myth of pure evil --
Part 2. The four roots of evil. Greed, lust, ambition: evil as a means to an end --
Egotism and revenge --
True believers and idealists --
Can evil be fun? The joy of hurting --
Part 3. How they do it. Crossing the line: how evil starts --
How evil grows and spreads --
Dealing with guilt --
Ambivalence and fellow travelers --
Part 4. Conclusion. Why is there evil?
Responsibility: Roy F. Baumeister ; [with a new foreword by Aaron Beck].

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This study of human violence begins by describing the "magnitude gap" between the victim's viewpoint and that of the perpetrator. It then goes on to explore the basic roots of evil, evil as a means  Read more...

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