Moral Cruelty: Ameaning and the Justification of Harm

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University Press of America, 2004 - Philosophy - 152 pages
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The overarching purpose of Moral Cruelty is to identify and sensitize the reader to the existence of "moral sadism." As it stands, every act of overt violence, from Bosnia to Columbine, is immediately followed by a discourse of cliches. The acts of violence are attributed to the media, song lyrics, availability of guns, racism, persistent poverty, and so on. Although such influences are surely involved, the tendency of assigning "the cause" to external agents leads us away from asking ourselves, "Is it possible that I contribute to the escalation of violence in ways that I currently cannot see? Is it possible that I interact in ways that have effects that I do not understand?" It is the authors' contention that what we as individuals perceive as "normal" modes of interaction conceal hidden contributions to cruelty."
 

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Contents

Ameaningful Morality An Introduction
1
Moral Cruelty
15
Ameaning in Life Context
27
Childrearing Developmental Roots of Ameaning
29
Education Lessons in Ameaning
41
Ameaning and the Workplace
55
Nationalism A Descent into Ameaning
71
Religion Meaning and Ameaning in Narrative
83
Ameaning and the Future
105
Moral Cruelty Sketch of a Theory
107
The Final Analysis
117
References
139
Index
149
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Timothy L. Hulsey is Director of the University Honors Program and Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hulsey holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Dartmouth Medical School.

Christopher J. Frost is Professor of Psychology at Southwest Texas State University. Frost holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University.

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