Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing

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Cambridge University Press, 01.12.2005.
Evil is a poorly understood phenomenon. In this provocative 2005 book, Professor Vetlesen argues that to do evil is to intentionally inflict pain on another human being, against his or her will, and causing serious and foreseeable harm. Vetlesen investigates why and in what sort of circumstances such a desire arises, and how it is channeled, or exploited, into collective evildoing. He argues that such evildoing, pitting whole groups against each other, springs from a combination of character, situation, and social structure. By combining a philosophical approach inspired by Hannah Arendt, a psychological approach inspired by C. Fred Alford and a sociological approach inspired by Zygmunt Bauman, and bringing these to bear on the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, Vetlesen shows how closely perpetrators, victims, and bystanders interact, and how aspects of human agency are recognized, denied, and projected by different agents.
 

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The limitations of Alfords approach
140
The logic and practice of collective evil ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
145
Approaches to ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia
148
What is genocide?
154
The explosive dialectic of individualization and collectivism
159
Ethnic cleansing as a case of securitization
167
The differences between individual and collective evil
170
Genocidal logic and the collectivization of agency
175

Rendering human beings superfluous
47
Hannah Arendt on conscience and the banality of evil
52
Assessing the influence of St Augustine
54
the Socratic bottom line
57
Conscience and temptation
63
Did Eichmann have a conscience?
69
The notion of conscience in Heideggers Being and Time
71
Arendts advocacy of the Socratic model of conscience
77
Double dehumanization and human agency
84
Eichmann meets Storfer
89
The attraction of superfluousness
98
The psychologic of wanting to hurt others An assessment of C Fred Alfords work on evil
104
Evil is pleasure in hurting and lack of remorse
106
Kleins positions of experience
113
the role of culture
120
Evil as envy
124
Problems with Alfords theory
128
Identifying with Eichmann
135
Girards theory of the surrogate victim
182
The design of genocide as ethnic cleansing
188
its nature and function
196
Rape shame and agency
203
Responses to collective evil
220
How to pass judgment on evil?
221
A culture of indifference
229
when inaction makes for complicity
235
the follies of impartiality enacted as neutrality
241
Three lessons of moral failure
253
Collective agency and its disaggregation
257
Truth commissions trials and testimonies
265
Reconciliation forgiveness and collective guilt
272
Assuming vicarious responsibility and guilt
281
A political postscript globalization and the discontents of the self
289
References
299
Index
310
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Arne Johan Vetlesen is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of over thirteen books including Perception, Empathy, and Judgement: An Inquiry into the Preconditions of Moral Performance (1994) and Closeness: An Ethics (with De Maleissye-Melun, 1997).

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