The Concept of Evil

@article{Singer2004TheCO,
  title={The Concept of Evil},
  author={Marc G. Singer},
  journal={Philosophy},
  year={2004},
  volume={79},
  pages={185 - 214}
}
  • M. Singer
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
Though ‘evil’ is often used loosely as merely the generic opposite of ‘morally good’, used precisely it is the worst possible term of opprobrium available. In this essay it is taken as applying primarily to persons, secondarily to conduct; evil deeds must flow from the volition to do something evil. An evil action is one so horrendously bad that no ordinary decent human being can conceive of doing it, and an evil person is one who knowingly wills or orders such actions. Malignant evil—doing… 
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