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Naming Evil Judging Evil
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Naming Evil Judging Evil

Ruth W. Grant

Abstract

Is it more dangerous to call something evil or not to? This fundamental question deeply divides those who fear that the term oversimplifies grave problems and those who worry that, to effectively address such issues as terrorism and genocide, we must first acknowledge them as evil. Recognizing that the way we approach this dilemma can significantly affect both the harm we suffer and the suffering we inflict, a group of contributors engages in the debate with this series of essays. Drawing on Western conceptions of evil from the Middle Ages to the present, these pieces demonstrate that, while i ... More

Keywords: evil, terrorism, genocide, harm, suffering, Middle Ages, liberal democratic politics, judgment, political theory, moral arguments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226306735
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226306742.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth W. Grant, editor

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