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A situationist perspective on the psychology of evil: Understanding how good people are transformed into perpetrators.

@inproceedings{Zimbardo2004ASP,
  title={A situationist perspective on the psychology of evil: Understanding how good people are transformed into perpetrators.},
  author={Philip G. Zimbardo},
  year={2004}
}
I endorse a situationist perspective on the ways in which anti-social behavior by individuals, and of violence sanctioned by nations, is best understood, treated and prevented. This view has both influenced and been informed by a body of social psychological research and theory. It contrasts with the traditional dispositional perspective to explaining the whys of evil behavior. The search for internal determinants of anti-social behavior locates evil within individual predispositions – genetic… 

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