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Midwest Studies in Philosophy: The Concept of Evil

ISBN: 978-1-118-53417-5
176 pages
October 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Concept of Evil is dedicated to the analysis of the concept of evil. The term "evil" is used widely in ordinary language and yet philosophers have disagreed on what, if anything, distinguishes an evil act from a wrong act or an evil person from a bad one. Is "evil" a distinct and important moral category? Which agents and acts can and should be classified as "evil"? In which areas of practice does evil arise? These questions indicate three essential categories that belong to a thorough analysis of the concept of evil: meta-evil, the nature of evil, and applied evil. The articles presented in this volume provide insight into these categories.

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Table of Contents

Speak No Evil?

Non-Moral Evil

Surviving Long-Term Mass Atrocities

Self-Deception as the Handmaiden of Evil

Evil and Incomprehensibility

Evil Collectives

Beyond Bad: Punishment Theory Meets the Problem of Evil

Standing between Us and Our Grave Wrongdoings

Dwellings of Evil

Beauty, Mourning and the Commemoration of Evil

The Logical Problem of Evil Regained

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