A Philosophy of Evil
“…almost historical… a magnificent book”
What is evil? Who is evil? How do we fight evil? How is evil characterised in a modern and post-modern society? A Philosophy of Evil is a philosophical inquiry into evil as a phenomenon, consisting of two parts. The first part is about the philosophical history of evil, where Svendsen presents the thoughts of philosophers from Antiquity up to today, grappling with the question: What is the essence of evil? The second part is concerned with the phenomenology of evil. Drawing on a variety of sources including literature, paintings, academic studies, film and music, Svendsen attempts to reveal myths about evil, for instance the one saying that there is a connection between low self-esteem and evil acts.