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Theorizing Evil with Socratic Naiveté

Keith Doubt

in Understanding Evil

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227006
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235872 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227006.003.0011
Theorizing Evil with Socratic                 Naiveté

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of Socrates's refusal for theorize evil. It then ponders the questions: If we could report to Socrates the violence inflicted upon people and the communities of Bosnia–Herzegovina, would Socrates say that Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic—the individuals responsible or planning, initiating, leading, and sustaining these crimes—did not “do what they willed?” Would Socrates say that Mladic and Karadzic had “the least power” in the cities of Bosnia–Herzegovina during the war?

Keywords: Socrates; evil; Bosnia; war crimes; Ratko Mladic; Radovan Karadzic

Chapter.  4394 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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