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Wickedness : Routledge Classics - Mary Midgley

Wickedness

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 18th May 2001
ISBN: 9780415253987
Number Of Pages: 232

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To look into the darkness of the human soul is a frightening venture. Here Mary Midgley does so, with her customary brilliance and clarity. In "Wickedness" she sets out to delineate not so much the nature of wickedness as its actual "sources." Midgley's analysis proves that the capacity for real wickedness is an inevitable part of human nature. This is not however a blanket acceptance of evil. She provides us with a framework that accepts its existence yet offers humankind the possibility of rejecting this part of our nature. Out of this dark journey she returns with an offering to us: an understanding of human nature that enhances our very humanity. To read "Wickedness" is to understand Mary Midgley's reputation as one of the world's greatest moral philosophers.

' I have now read the book twice, not because it is difficult (on the contrary it reads with the ease and elegance of Bertrand Russell), but because it is so stimulating.' - Brian Masters, The Spectator

Preface to the Routledge Classics Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xv
The Problem of Natural Evilp. 1
Intelligibility and Immoralismp. 17
The Elusiveness of Responsibilityp. 49
Understanding Aggressionp. 74
Fates, Causes and Free-willp. 95
Selves and Shadowsp. 116
The Instigatorsp. 136
Death-wishp. 158
Evil in Evolutionp. 179
Notesp. 208
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780415253987
ISBN-10: 0415253985
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 18th May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition