A Good Look at Evil
320 Pages
English

A Good Look at Evil

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We meet with evil in the ordinary course of experience, as we try to live our life stories. It's not a myth. It's a mysterious but quite real phenomenon. How can we recognize it? How can we learn to resist it? Amazingly, philosophers have not been much help. Despite the claim of classical rationalists that evil is "ignorance," evil-doers can be extremely intelligent, showing an understanding of ourselves that surpasses our own self-understanding. Meanwhile, contemporary philosophers, in the English-speaking world and on the Continent, portray good and evil as social constructs, which leaves us puzzled and powerless when we have to face the real thing. Thinkers like Hannah Arendt have construed evil as blind conformity to institutional roles--hence "banal"-- but evil-doers have shown exceptional creativity in bending and reshaping institutions to conform to their will. Theologians have assigned evil the role of adversary to the divine script, but professing religionists are fully capable of evil, while atheists have been known to mount effective resistance. More than broad-brush conceptual distinctions are needed. A Good look at Evil maps the actual terrain--of lived ideas and situations--showing how to recognize evil for what it is: the perennial and present threat to a good life.

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Published 14 February 2018
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EAN13 9781725238152
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 A Good Look at Evil By Rosenthal, Abigail Copyright©1987 by Rosenthal, Abigail ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-1637-2 Publication date 2/14/2018 Previously published by Temple University Press, 1987
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The Denaturing of Good
Epîôgue Tô The FîrsT EîTîôn, 221
PART FOUR.PàrTîcuàrs: îVîng One’s STôry
CAPTER EIGTSpôîîng One’s STôry: The Càse ôf Hànnàh ArenT, 227 CAPTER NINE257Gô àn The Càre fôr One’s STôry,
NôTes Tô The FîrsT EîTîôn, 271 NôTes Tô PàrT Fôur, 277 Bîbîôgràphy Tô The FîrsT EîTîôn,285 Inex Tô The FîrsT EîTîôn 293