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The myth of evil : demonizing the enemy

Author: Phillip Cole
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Myth of Evil explores a contradiction: the belief that human beings cannot commit acts of pure evil, that they cannot inflict harm for its own sake, and the evidence that pure 'evil' truly is a human capacity. Acts of horror are committed not by inhuman 'monsters', but by ordinary human beings. This contradiction is clearest in the apparently 'extreme' acts of war criminals, terrorists, serial murderers, sex  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Cole
OCLC Number: 647521168
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 256 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements; 1. Terrorism, Torture and the Problems of Evil; 2. Diabolical Evil – Searching for Satan; 3. Philosophies of Evil; 4. Communities of Fear; 5. The Enemy Within; 6. Bad Seeds; 7. The Character of Evil; 8. Facing the Holocaust; 9. Twenty-First-Century Mythologies; Bibliography; Index;
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The Myth of Evil explores a contradiction: the belief that human beings cannot commit acts of pure evil, that they cannot inflict harm for its own sake, and the evidence that pure 'evil' truly is a human capacity. Acts of horror are committed not by inhuman 'monsters', but by ordinary human beings. This contradiction is clearest in the apparently 'extreme' acts of war criminals, terrorists, serial murderers, sex offenders and children who kill. Phillip Cole delves deep into our two, cosily established approaches to evil. There is the traditional approach where evil is a force which creates mo.

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