The Nature of Evil
When human beings do horrifying things, are they evil? By exploring such popular literature as The Talented Mr. Ripley , Dante's Inferno , The Turn of the Screw , and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , Koehn illustrates that the roots of human violence are not true evil but a symptom of our failure to really know who we are. It is this lack of understanding of ourselves that can lead humans to perform horrifying deeds, rather than 'evil' itself. This is a deep look into human nature, its beauty and its failings. The Nature of Evil offers an insightful and engaging exploration at a time when we are all struggling to understand the roots of violence and suffering.
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1 Evil as Vice
2 Evil as Losing the Ability to Act
3 Evil as Flight from Narcissistic Boredom
4 Evil as Hypocritical Repression
5 Evil as Imagined Portent
6 Evil as the Loss of Our Humanity
7 Evil as Satanizing Self Others and God
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