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  1. Perception, Empathy, and Judgment: An Inquiry Into the Preconditions of Moral Performance.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 1993 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    _In Perception, Empathy, and Judgment_ Arne Johan Vetlesen focuses on the indispensable role of emotion, especially the faculty of empathy, in morality. He contends that moral conduct is severely threatened once empathy is prevented from taking part in an interplay with cognitive faculties in acts of moral perception and judgment. Drawing on developmental psychology, especially British "object relations" theory, to illuminate the nature and functioning of empathy, Vetlesen shows how moral performance is constituted by a sequence involving perception, judgment, and (...)
     
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    Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    Evil is a poorly understood phenomenon. In this provocative 2005 book, Professor Vetlesen argues that to do evil is to intentionally inflict pain on another human being, against his or her will, and causing serious and foreseeable harm. Vetlesen investigates why and in what sort of circumstances such a desire arises, and how it is channeled, or exploited, into collective evildoing. He argues that such evildoing, pitting whole groups against each other, springs from a combination of character, situation, and social (...)
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    The Medically Unexplained Revisited.Thor Eirik Eriksen, Anna Luise Kirkengen & Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2013 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):587-600.
    Medicine is facing wide-ranging challenges concerning the so-called medically unexplained disorders. The epidemiology is confusing, different medical specialties claim ownership of their unexplained territory and the unexplained conditions are themselves promoted through a highly complicated and sophisticated use of language. Confronting the outcome, i.e. numerous medical acronyms, we reflect upon principles of systematizing, contextual and social considerations and ways of thinking about these phenomena. Finally we address what we consider to be crucial dimensions concerning the landscape of unexplained “matters”; fatigued (...)
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    Medicine's Perception of Reality - a Split Picture: Critical Reflections on Apparent Anomalies Within the Biomedical Theory of Science.Anna Luise Kirkengen, Tor-Johan Ekeland, Linn Getz, Irene Hetlevik, Edvin Schei, Elling Ulvestad & Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2016 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 22 (4):496-501.
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    Worlds Apart?: Habermas and Levinas.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 1997 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (1):1-20.
    Though doubtless two of the leading philosophers in ethics today, Habermas and Levinas have yet to be subjected to sys tematic comparison. This essay undertakes a first step. Differences of terminology aside, Habermas and Levinas can be seen to pursue, via separate routes, a similar core idea. I term this the idea of immanent normativity. While Habermas locates an unchosen normative pull in the medium of interpersonal communication, Levinas locates an unconditional ethical command in the Other as face. Hence they (...)
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  6. Hannah Arendt on Conscience and Evil.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2001 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (5):1-33.
    Though there exists a vast literature dealing with Hannah Arendt's thoughts on evil in general and Adolf Eichmann in particular, few attempts have been made to assess Arendt's position on evil by tracing its connection with her reflections on conscience. This essay examines the nature and significance of such a connection. Beginning with her doctoral dissertation on St Augustine and ending with her posthumously published studies in The Life of the Mind, Arendt's oeuvre exhibits strong thematic continuity: the triad thinking-conscience-evil (...)
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    Impartiality and Evil: A Reconsideration Provoked by Genocide in Bosnia.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 1998 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 24 (5):1-35.
    Confronted with Adolf Eichmann, evildoer par excellence, Hannah Arendt sought in vain for any 'depth' to the evil he had wrought. How is the philosopher to approach evil ? Is the celebrated criterion of impartiality ill-equipped to guide judgment when its object is evil - as exhibited, for instance, in the recent genocide in Bosnia? This essay questions the ability of the neutral 'third party' to respond adequately to evil from a standpoint of avowed impartiality. Discussing the different roles of (...)
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  8. Hannah Arendt, Habermas and the Republican Tradition.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 1995 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 21 (1):1-16.
  9. Can Forgiveness Be Morally Wrong.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2011 - In Christel Fricke (ed.), The Ethics of Forgiveness: A Collection of Essays. Routledge.
     
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    Comments on Jürgen Habermas' Lecture 'Plea for a Constitutionalization of International Law'.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2014 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (1):19-23.
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    Dan Zahavi, Søren Overgaard and Thomas Schwarz Wentzer , Den Unge Heidegger, Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag 2003, 229 Pp. [REVIEW]Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2005 - SATS 6 (2):218-224.
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    Nedskytingen av levinaske spurver med kantske kanoner.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2003 - Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 38 (1-02):157-175.
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    Post-Hiroshima Reflections on Extinction.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2015 - Thesis Eleven 129 (1):89-102.
    Hiroshima was the first sign of the possibility of the human-inflicted devastation of the natural as well as the human world. But the potential for destruction is greater than it was in August 1945. It is now incumbent upon philosophy and critical though to consider the contemporary destruction of the non-human species and ecology upon which continued human life depends. This paper uses Hiroshima as a point of entry into consideration of the need now to think beyond anthropocentrism and instead (...)
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  14. Smerte.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2004 - Dinamo Forlag.
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    The Intellectual in Auschwitz: Between Vulnerability and Resistance.Arne Johan Vetlesen - 2020 - Thesis Eleven 158 (1):24-41.
    The significance of being an intellectual when taken prisoner and sent to a concentration camp by the Nazis is rarely discussed – instead, the importance of being either a Jew or a political prisoner is highlighted. By contrast, Jean Amery’s recollections of being tortured and sent to Auschwitz concentrate on his self-understanding as an intellectual. What difference does the identity and outlook as an intellectual make in the extreme circumstances found in Auschwitz? The paper discusses Amery’s views on this question, (...)
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