Consider the attractions evil has for people in this position. Evil is far more thrilling than the soporific distractions the evildoers scorn. Unlike most of the distractions, evildoing is active and energetic.
Author: John Kekes
Publisher: Cornell University Press
"Evil is the most serious of our moral problems. All over the world cruelty, greed, prejudice, and fanaticism ruin the lives of countless victims. Outrage provokes outrage. Millions nurture seething hatred of real or imagined enemies, revealing savage and destructive tendencies in human nature. Understanding this challenges our optimistic illusions about the effectiveness of reason and morality in bettering human lives. But abandoning these illusions is vitally important because they are obstacles to countering the threat of evil. The aim of this book is to explain why people act in these ways and what can be done about it."—John Kekes The first part of this book is a detailed discussion of six horrible cases of evil: the Albigensian Crusade of about 1210; Robespierre's Terror of 1793–94; Franz Stangl, who commanded a Nazi death camp in 1943–44; the 1969 murders committed by Charles Manson and his "family"; the "dirty war" conducted by the Argentinean military dictatorship of the late 1970s; and the activities of a psychopath named John Allen, who recorded reminiscences in 1975. John Kekes includes these examples not out of sensationalism, but rather to underline the need to hold vividly in our minds just what evil is. The second part shows why, in Kekes's view, explanations of evil inspired by Christianity and the Enlightenment fail to account for these cases and then provides an original explanation of evil in general and of these instances of it in particular.
... of motivation Leadership and followership The individual andthe system The roots of evil Groups as evilorgood Comparisonof personal (andsocial) goal theory and other approaches Compartmentalizationof functionsandeuphemistic language ...
Author: Ervin Staub
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
How can human beings kill or brutalise multitudes of other human beings? Focusing particularly on genocide, Erwin Staub explores the psychology of group aggression. He sketches a conceptual framework for the many influences on one group's desire to harm another and within this framework, considers four historical examples of genocide.
Although this book includes a great deal of historical material, it is primarily a psychological work that attempts to draw on history in the service of psychological understanding of how genocides and mass killings come about.
Author: Ervin Staub
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Explores the psychological, cultural, and societal roots of group aggression, violence, and genocide.
Waller, Becoming Evil, 86-87. . Breitman, The Architect of Genocide, ... Staub, The Roots of Evil, 66. Emphasis removed. ... Roy F. Baumeister, Evil: Inside Human Cruelty and Violence (New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1997), 183. 19.
Author: Adam Lankford
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
Human Killing Machines offers a comparative analysis of the indoctrination methods used to produce violence in the famous Milgram and Zimbardo psychological experiments, as well as Iran, Nazi Germany, Al Qaeda, and Abu Ghraib. Based on these findings, specific policy recommendations are made for how we can begin to reform the U.S. military and increase its accountability, shake Al Qaeda terroristsO commitment to their missions, and reverse course on Iran to bring the oppressive regime down from the inside.
It is one thing to identify evils and quite another to understand or explain what we are saying when we pronounce a thing “evil.” Few of us have any hesitation in judging things evil, but most of us find it surpassingly difficult to ...
Author: Joel Feinberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Collects articles, on what the author terms "basic questions" about the law, particularly in regard to the relationship to morality. This volume reflects the diverse nature of his own interests: scholars in philosophy of law, legal theory, and ethical and moral theory.
Kekes, J. (2005). The roots of evil. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Peck, M. S. (1983). People of the lie: The hope for healing human evil. New York: Touchstone. Sanford, N., & Comstock, C. (Eds.). (1971). Sanctions for evil.
Author: Craig E. Johnson
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Category: Business & Economics
The Fourth Edition retains the elements of the text that have contributed to its success while also broadening its appeal. Written in an informal, accessible style, author Craig E. Johnson takes an interdisciplinary approach to leadership ethics while blending research and theory with practical application. This unique text promotes ethical decision-making and action through skill development, self-assessment, and application exercises. In the Fourth Edition: - A new chapter, Ethical Crisis Leadership, explains five ethical principles and strategies that are essential to fulfilling moral duties during times of crisis. - 'Leadership Ethics at the Movies' features present short summaries of feature films that portray ethical dilemmas. Discussion starters are included to prompt readers to draw ethical implications and applications from the films. - 'Self-Assessment' features measure the reader's performance on an important behaviour, skill, or concept discussed in the chapter - 'Implications and Applications' review key ideas and their ramifications for the reader as a leader - 'For Further Exploration, Challenge, and Assessment' encourages readers to engage in extended reflection and self-analysis - 'Focus on Follower Ethics' boxes that broaden coverage of the text and introduce concepts students can apply to their role as followers - Three cases per chapter offer real-world examples for anlaysis and reflection - A lengthy reference section at the end of the book serves as a starting point for further research and exploration Instructors Resources include teaching strategies, a test bank, sample syllabi, assignment descriptions, and more.
In reference to the first , how rarely do we hear the verse repeated correctly ! “ Paul says that money is the root of all evil : " " Scripture is quite right - money is the root of all evil . ” So people talk , devoutly believing that ...
The root of evil is her insatiable carnal desire.” The lines are paraphrased from The Malleus Maleficarum: “All wickedness ... is but little to the wickedness of a woman.... What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an unescapable ...
Author: Carrol L. Fry
Category: Performing Arts
Why is horror in film and literature so popular? Why do viewers and readers enjoy feeling fearful? Experts in the fields of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology posit that behaviors from our ancestors that favored survival and adaptation still influence our actions, decisions and thoughts today. The author, with input from a new generation of Darwinists, explores six primal narratives that recur in the horror genre. They are territoriality, tribalism, fear of genetic assimilation, mating rituals, fear of the predator, and distrust or fear of the Other.
Author: Saint Augustine (of Hippo)Publish On: 1874
Apostle Paul says that [ covetousness or ] “ the love of money is the root of all evil , ” he intimates to us , of course , that charity may be regarded as the root of all good things . On the supposition , therefore , that two trees ...
Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)Publish On: 1885
And what the bad man with his bad will , but a tree with a bad root ? The fruits which spring from such roots and trees are deeds , and words , and thoughts , which proceed , when good , from a good will , and when evil , from an evil ...