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    DescriptionEvils, both large and small, are a constant feature of human life. This book is about responding to them and in particular about responding to moral evils, that is, those produced by the deliberate acts of human beings. Prominent in our repertoire of responses to moral evil are forgiveness and punishment, and these, with the numerous conceptual and moral problems they raise, are at the heart of the study in this book. After discussing the idea of evil, Scarre turns to the meaning of forgiveness and the conditions for granting it. He defends a broadly utilitarian approach that stresses the role of forgiveness in repairing the damage that has been caused by injurious or offensive behaviour. Scarre then considers the controversial virtue of mercy and the propriety of revengeful behaviour and resentful attitudes. Finally, he deals with the purpose and justification of judicial punishment, paying particular regard to the appropriate treatment of war criminals. In this timely and sensitively written book, Scarre pays close attention to the existing literature and appraises both contemporary and classical contributions to the debate. This book makes an original contribution to an area of ethical thought that has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from philosophers, jurists and political thinkers.


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    Title
    After Evil
    Subtitle
    Responding to Wrongdoing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey Scarre
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780754638469
    ISBN 10: 0754638464
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    BIC subject category V2: HPQ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: BJ1476
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Abridged Dewey: 170
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI008000
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    LC classification: BJ1401 .S33 2004
    Thema V1.0: QDTQ
    Publisher
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    01 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Aldershot
    Table of contents
    Prefatory note; The idea of evil; The nature of forgiveness; Forgiveness and utility; Some problems about forgiveness; Mercy; Revenge and resentment; The good of punishment; Punishment, excuses and mitigating conditions; Moral responsibility and the Holocaust; Punishment, pardon and time lapse; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.