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Evil and the Left

Eve Garrard

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641963.003.0008
Evil and the Left

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The language of evil is not easily accommodated across the conventional political spectrum. Groups on the Left, in particular, have often resisted the term. This chapter urges a reassessment in the light of the very real evils that blight lives. To hold back from judgement is especially worrying for anyone who positions themselves on the Left. It acknowledges that the term ‘evil’ is easily abused, readily and almost unthinkingly from some perspectives on the political spectrum. Yet real abuses remain to be addressed. Where they are serious and knowingly inflicted, it may be appropriate to use the term ‘evil’ to describe them. When that is the case, left-inclined reservations should be set aside.

Keywords: political spectrum; Left; language of evil; real abuses

Chapter.  5773 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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