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Evil: A Very Short Introduction

Luke Russell

October 2022

ISBN: 9780198819271

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

With the media bringing us constant tales of terrorism and violence, questions regarding the nature of evil are highly topical. Luke Russell explores the philosophical thinking and psychological evidence behind evil, alongside portrayals of fictional villains, considering why people are evil, and how it goes beyond the normal realms of what is bad.

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With the media bringing us constant tales of terrorism and violence, questions regarding the nature of evil are highly topical. Luke Russell explores the philosophical thinking and psychological evidence behind evil, alongside portrayals of fictional villains, considering why people are evil, and how it goes beyond the normal realms of what is bad.

  • Explores the philosophical thinking and psychological evidence behind evil
  • Engages with famous examples of evildoers including serial killers, terrorists, and war criminals, as well as examples from fiction
  • Gives a systematic overview of the various kinds of extreme wrongdoing, and considers the cores questions when thinking about evil
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Luke Russell, The University of Sydney

Luke Russell is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where he teaches ethics and critical thinking. Luke has written on various topics in the field of moral philosophy, including evil, forgiveness, virtue, and vice, and is the author of Evil: A Philosophical Investigation (OUP, 2014).

Table of Contents

    1:The philosophical puzzle of evil
    2:The horror and incomprehensibility of evil
    3:The psychological hallmark of evil
    4:The banality of evil
    5:An evil person
    6:Are you evil? Is anyone evil?