Territories of Evil (At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries 45)

Territories of Evil (At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries 45)

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Evil is not only an abstract concept to be analyzed intellectually, but a concrete reality that we all experience and wrestle with on an ongoing basis. To truly understand evil we must always approach it from both angles: the intellective and the phenomenological. This same assertion resounds through each of the papers in this volume, in which an interdisciplinary and international group (including nurses, psychologists, philosophers, professors of literature, history, computer studies, and all sorts of social science) presented papers on cannibalism, the Holocaust, terrorism, physical and emotional abuse, virtual and actual violence, and depravity in a variety of media, from film to literature to anime to the Internet. Conference participants discussed villains and victims, dictators and anti-heroes, from 921 AD to the present, and considered the future of evil from a number of theoretical perspectives. Personal encounters with evil were described and analyzed, from interviews with political leaders to the problems of locating and destroying land mines in previous war zones. The theme of responsibility and thinking for the future is very much at the heart of these papers: how to approach evil as a question to be explored, critiqued, interrogated, reflected upon, owned. The authors urge an attitude of openness to new interpretations, new perspectives, new understanding. This may not be a comfortable process; it may in fact be quite disturbing. But ultimately, it may be the only way forward towards a truly ethical response. The papers in this collection provide a wealth of food for thought on this most important question.


Nancy BILLIAS: Introduction Christopher T. BURRIS and John K. REMPEL: The Devil You Think You Know: A Psychology of Evil William Andrew MYERS: How Civilians Became Targets: The Moral Catastrophe of `Collateral Damage' Wayne CRISTAUDO: Evil and the Loss of Intellect Alejandro CERVANTES-CARSON: Bonds of Authoritarianism and the Embodiment of Political Evil: An Interview with President Echeverria Stephen MORRIS: Warfare, Pacifism, or Sabotage: Eastern Christian Responses to Political Aggression Charles W. NUCKOLLS: The Uncanny and the Feminine Sublime in Japanese Political Fantasy Lee QUINBY: Demurring to Doom: The Geopolitics of Prevailing Scott M. POWERS: Post-modern Narratives of Evil and 9-11: The Case of Frederic Beigbeder Roger DAVIS: You Are What You Eat: Cannibalism, Autophagy and the Case of Armin Meiwes Anders JOHANSSON: Adorno and the Guilt of Thinking Graeme R. GOLDSWORTHY: As Others See Us: A Critical Reflection of the Role of Humanitarian Landmine Action Organisations Sarah Dalal GOODE: `Paedophiles' in Contemporary Culture Nancy BILLIAS: Terrorism: Within and Without Havi Hannah CAREL: Born to be Bad or Born to Die? Evil and Finitude in Freud's Death Drive Notes on Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9789042023697
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 254
  • ID: 9789042023697
  • weight: 426
  • ISBN10: 9042023694

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