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Concepts of Evil, Blame and Moral Understanding
PHIL 343
Fall 2006 not offered

The question, "What is evil?" is awkward to answer except by posing the roundabout question, "What are we doing when we call something evil?" To speak of "evil" is often to posit a motive which is beyond moral understanding. Does this mean that there really are actions motivated by a morally opaque force of evil, or does it simply show that we wish to justify certain failures of understanding? While we represent evildoers as ideal targets for blame, they are simultaneously depicted as practically impervious to blame. Thus, we must examine the nature and point of blame. While some argue that the concept of radical evil can be abandoned, they risk charges of optimistic blindness and moral spinelessness. Are these charges justified? Given all of its function and connotations, does the wise moral critic employ the concept of evil?

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: (PHIL 212 AND ANY OTHER PHIL COURSE) OR PHIL266 OR PHIL331 OR (PHIL217 AND ANY OTHER PHIL COURSE)
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL-Philosophy)(SISP-Phil Ethic)

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