John Kekes I am grateful to the editor for inviting contributors to discuss my single explanation that would fit all cases of evildoing. The right book, The Roots of Evil, for allowing me to reply to their criticisms, explanation must be multicausal to recognize the role of each of the and to my critics for taking time to discuss my work. In what four components; it must be particular to take into account individfollows, I refer to the book by page numbers in parentheses to. The ual and social differences; and it must be concrete to specify the primary aim of the book is to understand actual psychological and social condievil, explain why it occurs and how it tions that jointly lead to evildoing. By an evil action I mean one that might be minimized. Its secondary aim Evildoers whose habitual actions meet combines three components: malevois to show why the religious and the these conditions should be held responlent motivation, fatal or debilitating Enlightenment explanations of evil are sible for their actions regardless of and excessive harm inflicted on othinadequate. Evil is the most serious onewhether they believe that their actions ers, and the lack of a
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: May 21, 2006
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