Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing - Cambridge Cultural Social Studies (Paperback)Arne Johan Vetlesen (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
'Vetlesen has developed a solid, well-structured and groundbreaking argument that merits a core position in the literature on collective evildoing and genocide.' Journal of Peace Research
'Vetlesen brings to light the paradox of moral responsibility in Arendt's analysis of Eichmann's actions. ... Evil and Human Agency is both timely and deserving of wide readership, not only by sociologists, philosophers, and psychologists, but also by politicians and political scientists. Vetlesen stresses the moral failure of bystanders who, in wishing to remain neutral and impartial, did nothing to stop atrocities from occurring. ... Vetlesen's thoughtful approach in Evil and Human Agency challenges both the Aristotelian and the Kantian view that egoism is at the root of evildoing ...Vetlesen's approach to evildoing, then, is useful to show how we might avoid such atrocities in the future.' The Journal of Value Inquiry
"This book is an excellent and brave contribution to a complex topic - balanced, well-argued, informative. I recommend it to all philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists who have research interests in understanding large-scale atrocities." Claudia Card, Philosophy Review
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