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On Evil by Adam Morton
Book DescriptionEvil has long fascinated psychologists, philosophers, novelists and playwrights but remains an incredibly difficult concept to talk about. On Evil is a compelling and at times disturbing tour of the many faces of evil. What is evil, and what makes people do awful things? If we can explain evil, do we explain it away? Can we imagine the mind of a serial killer, or does such evil defy description? Does evil depend on a contrast with good, as religion tells us, or can there be evil for evil's sake? Adam Morton argues that any account of evil must help us understand three things: why evil occurs; why evil often arises out of banal or everyday situations; and how we can be seen as evil. Drawing on fascinating examples as diverse as Augustine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, psychological studies of deviant behaviour and profiles of serial killers, Adam Morton argues that evil occurs when internal, mental barriers against it simply break down. He also introduces us to some nightmare people, such as Adolf Eichmann and Hannibal Lecter, reminding us that understanding their actions as humans brings us closer to understanding evil. Exciting and thought-provoking, On Evil is essential reading for anyone interested in a topic that attracts and repels us in equal measure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415305198
(198mm x 129mm x 7mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adam Morton
Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800, Hardback (August 2014)
Crosscurrents in Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800 provides a new perspective on the role of visual imagery in the Reformation period by focusing on international forms of collaboration.
Emotion and Imagination, Hardback (May 2013)
Recent years have seen an enormous amount of philosophical research into the emotions and the imagination, but as yet little work has been done to connect the two.
Bounded Thinking, Hardback (November 2012)
Adam Morton offers a new account of the virtues of limitation management: intellectual virtues of adapting to the fact that we cannot solve many of the problems that we can describe. He argues that the best response to many problems depends not on the most rationally promising solution, but on the most likely route to success.
Getting Along?, Hardback (February 2012)» View all books by Adam Morton
Examining the impact of the English and European Reformations on social interaction and community harmony, this volume simultaneously highlights the tension and degree of accommodation amongst ordinary people when faced with religious and social upheaval.
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Author Biography - Adam Morton
Adam Morton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.
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