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The Myth of Evil

Phillip Cole


This book explores a contradiction at the heart of modern thought about what it is to be human: the belief that human beings cannot commit a radically evil act purely for its own sake, and the evidence that radically evil acts are committed, not by ‘monsters’, but by ordinary human beings. This contradiction can be seen most clearly when we consider the most extreme forms of evil – war crimes, serial killers, sex offenders, children who kill. This book shows that the traditional position – that evil is an active force creating monsters in human shape – is still at work, both in the popular ima ... More

Keywords: Evil, Philosophy, Psychology, Mythology, Politics, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622009
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Cole, author