The nature of evil a reply to Garrard

Philosophical Explorations 2 (2):122 – 138 (1999)

Abstract

In this article I explore Eve Garrard's recent account of evil and some work of Colin McGinn's on the same topic. I argue that neither provides a satisfactory account of evil. In doing so, I discuss the role of conscience, sadism and indifference to the suffering of others in evil-doing. I argue that the evil-doer can be admirable and I explore the relation between agent and action in the evil deed.The idea that evil is mysterious is considered and I conclude with some comments on the relation between evil and the idea of a fellowship amongst human beings.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
62 (#188,050)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

Moral Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 1993 - Blackwell.
Are Moral Requirements Hypothetical Imperatives?John Mcdowell & I. G. Mcfetridge - 1978 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 52:13-42.
Nietzsche, Life as Literature.Alexander Nehamas - 1985 - Harvard University Press.
Moral Reasons.Jonathan Dancy - 1994 - Philosophy 69 (267):114-116.
Are Moral Requirements Hypothetical Imperatives?John McDowell & I. G. McFetridge - 1978 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 52 (1):13-42.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work

Extremity of Vice and the Character of Evil.Peter Brian Barry - 2010 - Journal of Philosophical Research 35:25-42.
In Defense of the Mirror Thesis.Peter Brian Barry - 2011 - Philosophical Studies 155 (2):199-205.
Beauty, Mourning and the Commemoration of Evil.Samantha Vice - 2012 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 36 (1):142-162.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Concept of Evil.Marcus G. Singer - 2004 - Philosophy 79 (2):185-214.
The Nature of Evil.Eve Garrard - 1998 - Philosophical Explorations 1 (1):43 – 60.
Is Evil Action Qualitatively Distinct From Ordinary Wrongdoing?Luke Russell - 2007 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (4):659 – 677.
A Philosophy of Evil.Lars Fr H. Svendsen - 2010 - Dalkey Archive Press.
This Side of Evil.Michael Gelven - 1998 - Marquette University Press.
The Nature of Evil.Daryl Koehn - 2005 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Evil Revisited - Responses to Hamilton.Eve Garrard - 1999 - Philosophical Explorations 2 (2):139 – 142.