Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity brings together fifteen essays, versions of which were presented at the Fifth International Conference on Evil and Wickedness, held in Prague in 2004. The volume examines evil and wickedness from a variety of disciplines, including criminology, cultural studies, gender studies, law, literature, peace studies, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. In so doing Minding Evil keeps in play the doubled meaning of its title: on the one hand, to tend to evil, that is, to oversee, cultivate, and deploy it; on the other hand, to be bothered by evil and so, in learning to identify or recognise it, to try to understand its workings and thus contain or control it and, perhaps, repair or undo it. While the essays taken together work to show the difficulty and at times the travesty of not being able to distinguish between the two meanings, it is this second meaning that remains key. What are the individual and collective responsibilities entailed in minding - being troubled by - evil? This is the central question of this volume.
Table of Contents
PrefacePart I: Groups, Activism, and the Tools of Ethnic CleansingFrank FAULKNER and Graeme R. GOLDSWORTHY: No Place Like Home: The Role of Landmines in Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth CenturyMark BURGESS, Neil FERGUSON, and Ian HOLLYWOOD: A Social Psychology of Defiance: From Discontent to ActionHaijing DAI: Dichotomous Thinking and Culture of Destruction: Revisiting Youth Activism in China during the May Fourth PeriodPart II: Laws, Prisons, and Damaged PeopleSamuel H. PILLSBURY: Speaking the Language of EvilDiana MEDLICOTT: The Unbearable Brutality of Being: Casual Cruelty in Prison and What This Tells Us About Who We Really AreWayne CRISTAUDO: Damage: A Logic of EvilPart III: Evil and the ArtsTed TURNAU: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick: Reflections on the Necessary Evils of 24Vera B. PROFIT: The Devil’s Footprints: The Case of Dr. Emmenberger in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Der VerdachtElizabeth MCCARTHY: The Evil of Creation: The Destructive Aesthetic in the Figure of the Romantic ArtistPart IV: Evil, Despair, and Distorted RealitiesMargaret SÖNSER BREEN: The Evils of [Same] Sex: The U.S. Gay Marriage DebateAnnette PANKRATZ: Inside Out and Outside In: Constructions of Evil in Contemporary British DramaKaren D. HOFFMAN: Evil and Despairing Individuals: A Kierkegaardian AccountPart V: Individuals, Groups, and Evil ActionsGideon CALDER: Relationality and Evil: Judging BystandersStephen RILEY: Harm and Transgression in International Criminal JusticeWilliam Andrew MYERS: Individual and Collective Responsibility for Wrongs of the PastNotes on Contributors