Barriers to evil

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Abstract

In this paper I critically investigate the conceptions of moral evil defended by Morton and Card. In the light of this investigation, I present and briefly defend the following conception of evil: An evil act is one in which the perpetrator acts in a way which, through a consideration of their circumstances, motives, intentions, responses and the like, we judge to go significantly beyond the pale of mere wrongdoing and so to be worthy of our very strongest moral condemnations, and who in so acting wrongfully inflicts lifewrecking or ending harms upon others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalCrossroads : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Copyright the Publisher. Article originally published in Crossroads : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 49-52. The original article can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/crossroads/archives.html#v1i2. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and Crossroads and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

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