Unreasonable or Evil?

Kerstin Budde

in Evil in Contemporary Political Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641963
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652860 | DOI:
Unreasonable or Evil?

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Fulfilling lives are led in co-operation with others. This chapter explores the implications of a denial of a capacity to co-operate. It accepts the link between reasonableness and justice, and focuses on the ramifications of unreasonableness in social worlds that must necessarily be co-operative, however specific terms of co-operation might be worked out in particular texts. It notes that evil is unreasonable, but no one would contend that unreasonableness should always be equated with evil. Unreasonableness, however, always undermines basic reciprocity between human beings. The fact that unreasonableness offers a spectrum of positions, with evil at one extreme, actually highlights the seriousness of ordinary engagements in which free and equal status is denied.

Keywords: fulfilling lives; justice; unreasonableness; social worlds; equal status

Chapter.  8238 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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