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Is it really so wrong?

Glen Newey: Evil, 23 September 2010

On Evil 
by Terry Eagleton.
Yale, 176 pp., £18.99, May 2010, 978 0 300 15106 0
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A Philosophy of Evil 
by Lars Svendsen, translated by Kerri Pierce.
Dalkey Archive, 306 pp., £10.90, June 2010, 978 1 56478 571 8
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... elusive, prompting resort to, among other things, palliative taxonomy. The Norwegian philosopher Lars Svendsen’s book on the philosophy of evil follows hard on the heels of his previous three works on the philosophies of fashion, fear and boredom. Suppose I do something that would be commonly regarded as evil, such as torturing a baby, or a winsome ...

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