Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the secret police? Why do cycles of revenge so often escalate?
Baumeister casts new light on these issues as he examines the gap between the victim's viewpoint and that of the perpetrator, and also the roots of evil behavior, from egotism and revenge to idealism and sadism. A fascinating study of one of humankind's oldest problems, Evil has profound implications for the way we conduct our lives and govern our society.
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The Question of Evil and the Answers
Image and Reality
Victims and Perpetrators
The Myth of Pure Evil
The Four Roots of Evil
Greed Lust Ambition Evil as a Means to an End
Egotism and Revenge
True Believers and Idealists
Crossing the Line How Evil Starts
How Evil Grows and Spreads
Dealing with Guilt
Ambivalence and Fellow Travelers
Why Is There Evil?
Can Evil Be Fun? The Joy of Hurting
How They Do It