Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing

Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing

by Arne Johan Vetlesen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521856949

ISBN-13: 9780521856942

Pub. Date: 12/26/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Arne Johan Vetlesen argues that to do evil is to intentionally inflict pain on another human being, against his or her will, and cause serious and foreseeable harm. Vetlesen investigates why and in what sort of circumstances such a desire arises, and how it is channeled, or exploited, into collective evildoing. He argues that such evildoing, pitting whole groups

Overview

Arne Johan Vetlesen argues that to do evil is to intentionally inflict pain on another human being, against his or her will, and cause serious and foreseeable harm. Vetlesen investigates why and in what sort of circumstances such a desire arises, and how it is channeled, or exploited, into collective evildoing. He argues that such evildoing, pitting whole groups against each other, springs from a combination of character, situation, and social structure. Vetlesen shows how closely perpetrators, victims, and bystanders interact, and how aspects of human agency are recognized, denied, and projected by different agents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/26/2005
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. The ordinariness of modern evildoers: a critique of Zygmunt Bauman's The Modernity and the Holocaust; 2. Hannah Arendt on conscience and the banality of evil; 3. The psycho-logic of wanting to hurt others; 4. The logic and practice of collective evil: ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; 5. Responses to collective evil; 6. A political postscript: globalization and the discontents of the self.

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