Violence and Evil

Mike W. Martin

in From Morality to Mental Health

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780195304718
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786572 | DOI:

Series: Practical and Professional Ethics

 Violence and Evil

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This chapter presents an integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective on violence. It explores how violence — in the sense of cruel and unjustified physical injury — can be both pathological and evil. It begins by rejecting James Gilligan's attempt to replace morality with therapy. It then turns sociopaths as paradigms of simultaneous moral and mental disorder, then discusses collective violence. The chapter concludes with comments on attempts to abandon blame toward violent individuals.

Keywords: morality; therapy; evil; James Gilligan; sociopaths; moral disorder; mental disorder; collective violence

Chapter.  5252 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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