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evilu - Outline Thesis Although the secular view of evil...

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Outline Thesis: Although the secular view of evil has an ever-changing definition, it has generally revolved around someone or a society committing an act that is morally wrong against an unwilling victim(s). Topic 1: People in the past have defined evil as a primal instinct that leads people to commit acts that have no benefit. Evidence: Greek tragedies, Greek philosophers ideas on evil Topic 2: More recently it has been argued that evil is not necessarily a harmful act but an act that leads to no benefit, and possibly harm. Evidence Kimmel’s paper and reasoning. (Relate to marginal benefit and cost in economics) Topic 3: Evil is the presence of is a premeditated decision to physically or emotionally hurt someone. Evidence: Personal opinion and experience.
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Ever-changing Ideals Throughout time there have been “evil” people: Jack the Ripper, Hitler, Kangaskhan, and many others have been written into history as evil people. What makes these people written down as evil, and not people like Castro who are just considered bad? This question will never be answered because evil has an ever- changing definition. Although, the secular view of evil is ever-changing definition, it has always been based around similar ideals of the time.
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