Cruelty, Singular Individuality, and Peter the Great

Philosophia 43 (2):337-354 (2015)

In discussing cruelty toward human beings, I argue that disregarding the singularity of any human being is necessary for treating her or him cruelly. The cruelty of Peter the Great, relying upon the intolerance of any human singular individuality, serves me as a paradigm-case to illustrate that. The cruelty of Procrustes and that of Stalin rely upon similar grounds. Relating to a person’s singularity is sufficient to prevent cruelty toward that person. In contrast, a liberal state of mind or solidarity is insufficient to prevent cruelty and, under some circumstances, may even cause it
Keywords Cruelty  Singular individuality  Pscyhical private accessibility  Intersubjectivity  Interpresonality  Self  Person  Dignity  Solidarity  Liberalism  Despotism  Deontology  Values  Equality  Civilization  Love  Envy  Humiliation  Torture  Slavery  Classical Russian literature  Originality  Plagiarism  Immanuel Kant  John Kekes  Richard Rorty  Peter the Great
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-015-9588-4
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