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The Many Faces of Evil

Historical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Amelie Rorty

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368 pages

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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, sin, 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.

Table of Contents

1. From Disobedience to Disorder Includes readings: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Old Testament, Thucydides, Seneca, Hans Jonas, Gershon Scholem

2. From Sin to Vice St Augustine, Abu Hamid Al-Ghazli, Peter Abelard, Moses Maimonides, Pope Innocent III, Aquinas, Dante, Chaucer

3. Evil as Wilfullness Luther, Calvin, Milton, Jonathan Edwards

4. Containing Lawlessness Machiavelli, Hobbes, Butler

5. The Irrationality of Waywardness Leibniz, Manderille, Voltaire, Rousseau, Kant

6. The Romanticism of Evil Goethe, Blake, Hawthorne, Baudelaire, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

7. The Banality of Evil: The Cruelty of Everday Life Dostoyevsky, Engels, Einstein, Freud, Hannah Arendt, Michael Stocker, Amelie Rorty, Amos Oz

8. Conflict, Immorality and Crime 'War and Murder', Elizabeth Anscombe; 'Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands', Michael Walzer; 'The Nature of Immortality', Jean Hampton

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI009000
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General