01 Why Evil is Neglected - Why the topic of evil has been...

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Why the topic of evil has been neglected – Judith Shklar’s Ordinary Vices (cruelty) and The Faces of Injustice – in both books she laments the fact that philosophers have generally neglected the topic of evil. Plato at the end of Republic discusses 10 evil forms of government. Aristotle is said not to have said much of evil, but that’s a mistake. St. Thomas Aquinas has an essay in evil, but DeArmey has never seen it in English. In modern phi, Decartes, Spinoza, Hume and others have nothing to say about evil. Montaigne has an essay on cruelty, though. Shklar claims there’s more literary works on evil than there is philosophical thought. Why has it been neglected as a topic? The distaste of the subject is a possible reason. Placing evil in literary context (Wiesel, Hannibal, etc) might be another reason. Confusion about the nature of evil is a reason. There are people who actually oppose the study of evil, and if you’ve studied you are trying to understand it and have reduced it to cause and effect (psychologically speaking, Susan Smith killing her kids b/c of “post-natal whatever”). So yes, there is some opposition to even the study of evil. If you attempt to explain through
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