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The many faces of evil : historical perspectives

Responsibility edited by Amélie Oksenberg Rorty
Material Type Book
Publisher New York : Routledge
Year 2001
Language English
Size xviii, 346 p. ; 25 cm
Abstract This is the first anthology to present the full range of the many forms evil. Amelie Rorty has assembled a collection of readings that include not only the most common forms of evil, such as vice, si..., cruelty and crime, but also some which are less well known, such disobedience and willfulness. The readings are drawn from a rich array of historical, philosophical, theological, literary, dramatic, psychological and legal perspectives. Amelie Rorty's introductions to the readings sets each one in context and makes the anthology essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of evil.
This is the first anthology to present the full range of the many forms evil. Rorty has assembled a collection of readings that include not only the most common forms of evil, such as vice, sin, cruelty and crime, but also some which are less well known, like disobedience and willfulness. The readings are drawn from a rich array of historical, philosophical, theological, literary, dramatic, psychological and legal perspectives.
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Table of Contents pt. 1. From disobedience to disorder : The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: The soul meets its judges ; The Book of Genesis/The Book of Exodus: Divine prohibitions ; Thucydides: War and revolution ; Theophrastus:Grotesque shamelessness ; Seneca: Anger as social disruption ; Gnostics: The war between darkness and light
pt. 2. From sin to vice : St. Augustine: The discoveries of guilt and divine benevolence ; Abu Hamid al-Ghazali: There is no evil in Allah's perfect world ; Peter Abelard: Sin moves inward ; Moses Maimonides: Divine rationality and moral character ; Pope Innocent III: On the misery of the human condition ; St Thomas Aquinas: On evil ; Dante Alighieri: The suffering of the damned ; Geoffrey Chaucer: The seven deadly sins
pt. 3. Evil as willfulness : Martin Luther: Flesh against spirit ; John Calvin: Human corruption ; John Milton: The voice of Satan ; Jonathan Edwards: Sinners in the hand of an angry God
pt. 4. The cruel face of justice : Niccolò Machiavelli: A prince's virtue, timely ruthlessness ; Thomas Hobbes: The natural condition of mankind, every man is enemy to every man ; Samuel Butler: Varieties of malice and corruption
pt. 5. The irrationality of waywardness : G.W. von Leibniz: The justice of God and the problem of evil ; Bernard Mandeville: Private vice, public benefits ; Voltaire: Conscience and original sin ; J.-J. Rousseau: Social corruption ; Immanuel Kant: The rational will overcomes base inclinations
pt. 6. The romanticism of evil : Marquis de Sade: Murdering nature ; J.W. von Goethe: Mephistopheles speaks ; William Blake: Shame is pride's cloak ; Nathaniel Hawthorne: Dreams of evil ; Charles Baudelaire: The sweetness of evil ; Arthur Schopenhauer: On the vanity and suffering of life ; Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond good and evil
pt. 7. The banality of evil: the cruelty of everyday life : Fyodor Dostoevsky: Ivan speaks of human cruelty ; Friedrich Engels: Barbarous indifference ; Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud: Why are there wars? ; Hannah Arendt: The banality of evil, failing to think ; Michael Stocker: On desiring the bad ; Amélie Rorty: How to harden your heart, six easy ways to become corrupt ; Amos Oz: On degrees of evil
pt. 8. Conflict, immorality and crime : G.E.M. Anscombe: War and murder ; Michael Walzer: Political action, the problem of dirty hands ; Jean Hampton: The nature of immorality ; The model penal code: Criminality ; Diagnostic statistical manual IV: Sociopathology.

Holdings

pbk. Social and Cultural Studies 050212001013075 150.23/R 69 2001

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Authors Rorty, Amélie
Subjects LCSH:Good and evil
Classification LCC:BJ1401
DC21:170
ID 1000691634
ISBN 0415242061
NCID BA52586887
Vol ISBN:0415242061
: pbk ; ISBN:041524207X
Created Date 2009.09.15
Modified Date 2009.09.15

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