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Radical evil : a philosophical interrogation…

Radical evil : a philosophical interrogation (edition 2002)

by Richard J. Bernstein

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At present, there is an enormous gulf between the visibility ofevil and the paucity of our intellectual resources for coming togrips with it. We have been flooded with images of death camps,terrorist attacks and horrendous human suffering. Yet when we askwhat we mean by radical evil and how we are to account for it, weseem to be at a loss for proper responses. Bernstein seeks to discover what we can learn about the meaningof evil and human responsibility. He turns to philosophers such asKant, who coined the expression 'radical evil', as well as to Hegeland Schelling. He also examines more recent explorations of evil,namely the thinking of Freud and Nietzsche on the moral psychologyof evil. Finally, he looks at the way in which three post-Holocaustthinkers ? Emmanuel Levinas, Hans Jonas, and Hannah Arendt? have sought to come to grips with evil "afterAuschwitz." Bernstein's primary concern throughout this challenging book isto enrich and deepen our understanding of evil in the contemporaryworld, and to emphasize the vigilance and personal responsibilityrequired for combating it. Radical Evil will be essential reading for students andscholars of philosophy, social and political theory, and religiousstudies.… (more)
Title:Radical evil : a philosophical interrogation
Authors:Richard J. Bernstein
Info:Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2002.
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