Evils Less Obvious

Evils Less Obvious A PEGS Journal VOL. 15 NO. 2 THE GOOD SOCIETY Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society "The art of governing well has to be learned." -- Walter Lippmann George W. Harris Many foolish things are said about evil, and John Kekes has These and other myths about evil are exposed by Kekes's deft 1 The done us the favor of clearing away a good bit of the rubbish. analysis and relentless pursuit of the subject. In the process, he belief that evil is a demonic metaphysihumanizes evil in ways that make its cal force mysteriously taking up resicauses subject to study and its prevenFrom Locke's doctrine of the blank dence in human bodies is a relic of relition a goal of reasonable action. My critslate to twentieth-century gious superstition similar to the belief in ical comments here are supplementary behaviorism to contemporary postwitchcraft. Proudly irrefutable and impoto his humanistic intent: one is a commodernism to the sentimentality of tently predictive, it is a belief that leaves ment on what evil is and Kekes's brand egalitarian liberalism, faith in us in the lurch where the serious business of conservatism, another on evil and human goodness has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

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A PEGS Journal VOL. 15 NO. 2 THE GOOD SOCIETY Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society "The art of governing well has to be learned." -- Walter Lippmann George W. Harris Many foolish things are said about evil, and John Kekes has These and other myths about evil are exposed by Kekes's deft 1 The done us the favor of clearing away a good bit of the rubbish. analysis and relentless pursuit of the subject. In the process, he belief that evil is a demonic metaphysihumanizes evil in ways that make its cal force mysteriously taking up resicauses subject to study and its prevenFrom Locke's doctrine of the blank dence in human bodies is a relic of relition a goal of reasonable action. My critslate to twentieth-century gious superstition similar to the belief in ical comments here are supplementary behaviorism to contemporary postwitchcraft. Proudly irrefutable and impoto his humanistic intent: one is a commodernism to the sentimentality of tently predictive, it is a belief that leaves ment on what evil is and Kekes's brand egalitarian liberalism, faith in us in the lurch where the serious business of conservatism, another on evil and human goodness has

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: May 21, 2006

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