The nature of evil a reply to Garrard

Philosophical Explorations 2 (2):122 – 138 (1999)
In this article I explore Eve Garrard's recent account of evil and some work of Colin McGinn's on the same topic. I argue that neither provides a satisfactory account of evil. In doing so, I discuss the role of conscience, sadism and indifference to the suffering of others in evil-doing. I argue that the evil-doer can be admirable and I explore the relation between agent and action in the evil deed.The idea that evil is mysterious is considered and I conclude with some comments on the relation between evil and the idea of a fellowship amongst human beings.
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