The Monist 85 (2):194-209 (2002)

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Ernesto Garcia
College of DuPage
Abstract
Is there any interesting sense in which we can speak of an act as ‘evil’, in contrast to simply “morally bad’ or “immoral”? In ordinary language, we typically judge actions as evil that somehow differ significantly, in terms of degree or intensity, from commonplace wrongdoing. That is, what we regard as evil are just those actions that, to some greater extent, more seriously offend our deeply-held moral sentiments or that produce much more harmful consequences. We feel that brutal acts of murder, rape, torture, and mass genocide somehow go beyond immorality. We want to call them “evil”.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest  Philosophy of Mind  Philosophy of Science
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ISBN(s) 0026-9662
DOI 10.5840/monist200285218
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