On Evil

Routledge (2004)
<span class='Hi'>Evil</span> has long fascinated psychologists, philosophers, novelists and playwrights but remains an incredibly difficult concept to talk about. On <span class='Hi'>Evil</span> is a compelling and at times disturbing tour of the many faces of <span class='Hi'>evil</span>. What is <span class='Hi'>evil</span>, and what makes people do awful things? If we can explain <span class='Hi'>evil</span>, do we explain it away? Can we imagine the mind of a serial killer, or does such <span class='Hi'>evil</span> defy description? Does <span class='Hi'>evil</span> depend on a contrast with good, as religion tells us, or can there be <span class='Hi'>evil</span> for <span class='Hi'>evil</span>'s sake? Adam Morton argues that any account of <span class='Hi'>evil</span> must help us understand three things: why <span class='Hi'>evil</span> occurs; why <span class='Hi'>evil</span> often arises out of banal or everyday situations; and how we can be seen as <span class='Hi'>evil</span>. Drawing on fascinating examples as diverse as Augustine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, psychological studies of deviant behavior and profiles of serial killers, Adam Morton argues that <span class='Hi'>evil</span> occurs when internal, mental barriers against it simply break down. Adam Morton also introduces us to some nightmare people, such as Adolf Eichmann and Hannibal Lecter, reminding us that understanding their actions as humans brings us closer to understanding <span class='Hi'>evil</span>. Exciting and thought-provoking, On <span class='Hi'>Evil</span> is essential reading for anyone interested in a topic that attracts and repels us in equal measure.
Keywords Good and evil
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Call number BJ1401.M67 2004
ISBN(s) 0415305195   9780415305198
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Allan Hazlett (2012). Non-Moral Evil. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 36 (1):18-34.
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