Wickedness: A Philosophical Essay

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 232 Seiten
To look into the darkness of the human soul is a frightening venture. Here Mary Midgley does so, with her customary brilliance and clarity. In Wickedness she sets out to delineate not so much the nature of wickedness as its actual sources. Midgley's analysis proves that the capacity for real wickedness is an inevitable part of human nature. This is not however a blanket acceptance of evil. She provides us with a framework that accepts its existence yet offers humankind the possibility of rejecting this part of our nature. Out of this dark journey she returns with an offering to us: an understanding of human nature that enhances our very humanity. To read Wickedness is to understand Mary Midgley's reputation as one of the world's greatest moral philosophers.
 

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Religious thought, and especially the formalizing aspects of theology, can have the effect of what I call “theologizing the natural.” When you theologize the natural, you take a perfectly earthly ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Problem of Natural Evil
1
Intelligibility and Immoralism
17
The Elusiveness of Responsibility
49
Understanding Aggression
74
Fates Causes and Freewill
95
Selves and Shadows
116
The Instigators
136
Deathwish
158
Evil in Evolution
179
NOTES
208
INDEX
225
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Mary Midgley (1919-), a philosopher with a special interest in ethics, human nature and science, has a widespread international following for her work. Other publications include The Ethical Primate, Science as Salvation, Utopias, Dolphins and Computers and, most recently, Science and Poetry

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