A Philosophy of Evil

A Philosophy of Evil

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by Lars Svendsen
     
 

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“Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture.”—Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald
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“Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture.”—Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald

Editorial Reviews

New Statesman
He has a light touch and a playful attitude.— Tom Hodgkinson
Politiken
“Another outstanding, well-written book from the young Norwegian philosopher.”
Tom Hodgkinson - New Statesman
“He has a light touch and a playful attitude.”
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"Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture."--Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald

Dalkey Archive Press

Library Journal
Svendsen (philosophy, Univ. of Bergen, Norway; A Philosophy of Fear) is painfully aware of the world's atrocities, but he doesn't think the main problem is "demonic" evil, by which he means deliberate intent to oppose someone's "living a life both meaningful and worth striving for." His argument about human actions that impinge on meaningful and worthwhile life is much involved with Hannah Arendt's concept of stupid evil, but he ultimately agrees with the long Christian tradition that evil is a privation, a lack of something—mostly rationality and the universality that a common rationality fosters. Svendsen adequately illustrates the role played by irrationality in the evils that make today's news, but he does not carry his thesis through to what looks like its logical conclusion: the world is divided between those who think evil can be stamped out with guns and jails and those who take the privation doctrine seriously and think evil can be dealt with only by finding out what is missing and repairing it. VERDICT An intelligent, well-written book that makes a good start at addressing the problem of crime via a philosophy of evil.—Leslie Armour, Dominican Univ. Coll., Ottawa, Ont.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785718
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Series:
Norwegian Literature Series
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
878,916
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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