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The Routledge handbook of the philosophy of evil

Author: Thomas Nys; Stephen De Wijze
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Routledge handbooks in philosophy
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Why ought we concern ourselves with understanding a concept of evil? It is an elusive and politically charged concept which critics argue has no explanatory power and is a relic of a superstitious and primitive religious past. Yet its widespread use persists today: we find it invoked by politicians, judges, journalists, and many others to express the view that certain actions, persons, institutions, or ideologies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Routledge handbook of the philosophy of evil.
(DLC) 2018059258
(OCoLC)1088665518
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Nys; Stephen De Wijze
ISBN: 9781317394419 1317394410 9781315679518 1315679515 9781317394402 1317394402 9781317394396 1317394399
OCLC Number: 1099950345
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 387 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
PART I: Historical explorations of evil --
Plato on evil --
Augustine on evil --
Aquinas on evil --
Machiavelli: the drama of politics and its inherent evil --
Hobbes on evil --
Leibniz on evil: God's justice in the best of all possible worlds --
Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the origin and nature of evil --
Kant: the evil in all of us --
Sade: mushroom clouds and silver linings --
Nietzsche's critique of morality and his effort to create an evaluation "beyond good and evil" --
Hannah Arendt's double account of evil: political superfluousness and moral thoughtlessness --
After the fall: Camus on evil --
PART II: Recent secular explorations of evil --
Deliver us from evil: the case for skepticism --
Does the term "evil" have any explanatory power? --
Defining the concept of evil: insights from our pre-cognitive responses --
Evil and wrongdoing --
Evil characters --
Defining evil actions: different approaches --
Different substantive conceptions of evil actions --
PART III: Evil and other issues --
Evil and punishment --
Evil and foregiveness --
Evil and freedom --
Evil and power --
Evil and childhood --
Evil's diachronic characteristics --
Evil, genocide, and mass atrocities --
Evil: a comparative overview --
Index.
Series Title: Routledge handbooks in philosophy
Responsibility: edited by Thomas Nys and Stephen de Wijze.

Abstract:

Why ought we concern ourselves with understanding a concept of evil? It is an elusive and politically charged concept which critics argue has no explanatory power and is a relic of a superstitious and primitive religious past. Yet its widespread use persists today: we find it invoked by politicians, judges, journalists, and many others to express the view that certain actions, persons, institutions, or ideologies are not just morally problematic but require a special signifier to mark them out from the ordinary and commonplace. Therefore, the question of what a concept of evil could mean and how it fits into our moral vocabulary remains an important and pressing concern. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil provides an outstanding overview and exploration of these issues and more, bringing together an international team of scholars working on the concept of evil. Its 27 chapters cover the crucial discussions and arguments, both historical and contemporary, that are needed to properly understand the historical development and complexity of the concept of evil. The Handbook is divided into three parts: Historical explorations of evil Recent secular explorations of evil Evil and other issues. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil is essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of ethics and philosophy of psychology. It also provides important insights and background for anyone exploring the concept of evil in related subjects such as literature, politics, and religion.

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