Naming Evil, Judging Evil

Naming Evil, Judging Evil

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Naming Evil, Judging Evil by Ruth W. Grant

Is it more dangerous to call something evil or not to?  This fundamental question deeply divides those who fear that the term oversimplifies grave problems and those who worry that, to effectively address such issues as terrorism and genocide, we must first acknowledge them as evil. Recognizing that the way we approach this dilemma can significantly affect both the harm we suffer and the suffering we inflict, a distinguished group of contributors engages in the debate with this series of timely and original essays.

Drawing on Western conceptions of evil from the Middle Ages to the present,  these pieces demonstrate that, while it may not be possible to definitively settle moral questions, we are still able—and in fact are obligated—to make moral arguments and judgments. Using a wide variety of approaches, the authors raise tough questions: Why is so much evil perpetrated in the name of good?  Could evil ever be eradicated? How can liberal democratic politics help us strike a balance between the need to pass judgment and the need to remain tolerant? Their insightful answers exemplify how the sometimes rarefied worlds of political theory, philosophy, theology, and history can illuminate pressing contemporary concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226306742
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Series: Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 377 KB

About the Author

Ruth W. Grant is professor of political science and philosophy at Duke University and a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She is the author of John Locke’s Liberalism and Hypocrisy and Integrity, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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