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Evil in Contemporary Political Theory

Bruce Haddock and Peri Roberts

Abstract

What role should the idea of evil have in contemporary moral and social thought? The concept of ‘evil’ has long been a key idea in moral discourse. Now, the contributors to this book make a start on the important task of systematically exploring evil in the context of political theory. Intuitively, we know what evil means. Yet once we begin to think about its meaning, we quickly uncover competing definitions. In recent years, political theorists have generally set the concept aside as outdated or inappropriate. Yet the idea that some things are wrong beyond toleration still has significant cur ... More

Keywords: evil, moral discourse, political theory, political theorists, contemporary theory, philosophical analysis, ethics, classic arguments, moral thought, social thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641963
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641963.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Haddock, author

Peri Roberts, author