What Evil Means to Us
By (author) C. Fred Alford
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What Evil Means to Us by C. Fred Alford
Book DescriptionC. Fred Alford interviewed working people, prisoners, and college students in order to discover how people experience evil-in themselves, in others, and in the world. What people meant by evil, he found, was a profound, inchoate feeling of dread so overwhelming that they tried to inflict it on others to be rid of it themselves. A leather-jacketed emergency medical technician, for example, one of the many young people for whom vampires are oddly seductive icons of evil, said he would "give anything to be a vampire."Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, Alford argues that the primary experience of evil is not moral but existential. The problems of evil are complicated by the terror it evokes, a threat to the self so profound it tends to be isolated deep in the mind. Alford suggests an alternative to this bleak vision. The exercise of imagination-in particular, imagination that takes the form of a shared narrative-offers an active and practical alternative to the contemporary experience of evil. Our society suffers from a paucity of shared narratives and the creative imagination they inspire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801434303
(229mm x 140mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author C. Fred Alford
Trauma and Forgiveness, Paperback (November 2015)
Using case studies and theory, Alford argues that the traumatized are generally capable of representing their experience.
Psychology and the Natural Law of Reparation, Paperback (February 2011)
This 2006 book adds an extra dimension to the argument surrounding universal values of right and wrong.
Narrative, Nature, and the Natural Law, Hardback (May 2010)
Beginning with Saint Thomas Aquinas and ending with the latest developments in international human rights, 'Narrative, Nature, and the Natural Law: From Aquinas to International Human Rights,' brings a fairly traditional interpretation of the natural law to some rather untraditional problems and areas, including evolutionary natural law.
After the Holocaust, Hardback (April 2009)» View all books by C. Fred Alford
This book is a new and thoughtful examination of the experience of suffering.
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Author Biography - C. Fred Alford
C. Fred Alford is Professor of Government and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Think No Evil: Korean Values in the Age of Globalization and What Evil Means to Us, both from Cornell, as well asTrauma, Culture, and PTSD,Trauma and Forgiveness: Consequences and Community, and many other books.
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