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In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm

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In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm continues Philip Hallie's lifelong exploration of the human choice to do good or evil. Hallie examines the behavior of Major Julius Schmaling, a German commander who saved the lives of Chambon villagers during World War II; of Joshua James, a sea captain who saved dozens of shipwrecked sailors by rowing out ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published July 10th 2001 by Wesleyan (first published 1997)
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Alejandro Teruel
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: filosofía, usb
Cases, tales and examples are an important tool in Ethics; they are both the starting point for theories and their test. Even Kant sets up a test for the categorical imperative of always telling the truth, when he asks us what we ought to do when a murderer knock at our door and asks if his victim, our friend, is hiding within. Many cases have been devised as “thought experiments”, notorious among them are the tram experiments to test just how utilitarian our decision-making processes are; for e ...more
Diana Sandberg
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Uneven, but since he died before finishing it, I guess that's to be expected. Some good stuff - Hallie "does philosophy" in a very personal way, bringing his own background and biases clearly into the picture. He relates his lifelong journey in pursuit of understanding the question of evil, and his latter further investigation into the question of good - i.e. what moves people to do selfless acts of kindness/courage/heroism? No answers here, but some interesting stories. I was uncomfortable with ...more
Hazel
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I ended up DNFing this book because I had to read it for my ethics class. It was okay, and kind of interesting, but the book is a rental and I havet to return it. I got behind on the reading mid semester and I never finished thos because there was nothing on the final about it. I decided not to try to rush and finish it because I want to read things that I actually want to read rather than what was assigned for class. I feel a little ashamed of myself for not finishing it because it is the first ...more
Kim
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
An ethics professor getting personal about how he makes sense of good and evil. I figured that the tidiness of the categories would blur over the course of the book.... but they didn't really.

The book does, however, offer a stunning description of shipwrecks.
Kirsten Tattersall
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was required reading for my Ethics class, and it was surprisingly good. The narratives were thought-provoking and well written.
Velvetink
Jan 25, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Philip Paul Hallie (1922-1994) was an author, philosopher and professor at Wesleyan University for 32 years. During World War II he served in the US Army. His degrees were from Harvard, Oxford (where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Jesus College from 1949 to 1951) and Grinnell College. He studied and wrote on the nature of cruelty.

His best-known book was "Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed" (1979)
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