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The Roots of Evil
by John Kekes
"Evil is the most serious of our moral problems. All over the world cruelty, greed, prejudice, and fanaticism ruin the lives of countless victims. Outrage provokes outrage. Millions nurture seething hatred of real or imagined enemies, revealing savage and destructive tendencies in human nature. Understanding this challenges our optimistic illusions about the effectiveness ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Cornell University Press
(first published May 1st 2005)
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I didn't read the whole thing. It was assigned for class. I read chapter 7 and 9 (I'm not 100% sure if it was these chapters but I know I read one on boredom and evil and it was very, very good). n general I prefer stories to lectures (i.e., I love the "The Chronicles of Narnia" series but never got past the first chapter of "Mere Christianity"). HOWEVER, this book surprised me because I found it really interesting even without it being an exciting novel. If you like philosophy or easy to unders ...more