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The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil

Claudia Card


Taking atrocities as paradigms of evil, this book develops the theory that evils (plural) are foreseeable, intolerable harms produced by culpable wrongdoing. It places this theory in relation to others put forward by historically influential philosophers (Jeremy Bentham, Friedrich Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, the ancient Stoics), places the concept of evil in relation to other ethically important concepts (such as justice and equality), and considers case studies: rape in war, domestic violence, child abuse, and “gray zones” understood as certain predicaments of people who are at once victims and ... More

Keywords: atrocities, bad, culpability, evil, feminism, harm, inequality, injustice, Kant, Nietzsche, stoicism, utilitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Card, author
University of Wisconsin
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