Theories of Evil Personhood

  • James Sias


In this chapter, I describe and critique a number of prominent theories of evil proposed by philosophers in recent years. These theories are divided into roughly four categories: extremity theories, action-based theories, desire-based theories, and affect-based theories. For each type of theory, I describe an example or two of a theory of that type, and explain why it does not do an adequate job of accounting either for our intuitions about evil, or for some of the psychological data gathered in Part I of the book.


Human Trafficker Significant Harm Evil Action Evil Personhood Dispositional Theory 
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  • James Sias
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  1. 1.Dickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA

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