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The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil

Edited by: Thomas Nys , Stephen de Wijze

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138931794
eBook ISBN: 9781315679518
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679518
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Why ought we concern ourselves with understanding a concept of evil? It is an elusive and politically charged concept which critics argue has no explanatory power and is a relic of a superstitious and primitive religious past. Yet its widespread use persists today: we find it invoked by politicians, judges, journalists, and many others to express the view that certain actions, persons, institutions, or ideologies are not just morally problematic but require a special signifier to mark them out from the ordinary and commonplace. Therefore, the question of what a concept of evil could mean and how it fits into our moral vocabulary remains an important and pressing concern.

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil provides an outstanding overview and exploration of these issues and more, bringing together an international team of scholars working on the concept of evil. Its 27 chapters cover the crucial discussions and arguments, both historical and contemporary, that are needed to properly understand the historical development and complexity of the concept of evil. The Handbook is divided into three parts:

  • Historical explorations of evil
  • Recent secular explorations of evil
  • Evil and other issues.

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil is essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of ethics and philosophy of psychology. It also provides important insights and background for anyone exploring the concept of evil in related subjects such as literature, politics, and religion.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Plato on evil Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Augustine on evil Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Aquinas on evil Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Machiavelli Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Hobbes on evil Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Leibniz on evil Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the origin and nature of evil Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Kant Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Sade Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Nietzsche’s critique of morality and his effort to create an evaluation “beyond good and evil” Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Hannah Arendt’s double account of evil Download PDF
Chapter  12:  After the fall Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Deliver us from evil Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Does the term “evil” have any explanatory power? Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Defining the concept of evil Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Evil and wrongdoing Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Evil characters Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Defining evil actions Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Different substantive conceptions of evil actions Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Evil and punishment Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Evil and forgiveness Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Evil and freedom Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Evil and power Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Evil and childhood Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Evil’s diachronic characteristics  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Evil, genocide, and mass atrocities Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Evil Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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