Discussion in 'Religion & Philosophy' started by Steerpike, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    This thread is to discuss "evil" by way of defining it.

    How would you define evil?


  2. AngelsPeak

    AngelsPeak Wanna play?

    I don't think you can "define" evil, there are so many forms of it.
    If I had to pinpoint something evil it would be,

    Those who murder without remorse.
    Those who rape, or molest.
    Child and pet abusers.
  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    What would you say are any common traits among all your examples?
  4. Corona

    Corona Registered Member

    I think injustice is evil.
    Steerpike likes this.
  5. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member


    I agree, that is a philosophically valid answer. Can you explain why?
  6. Raye

    Raye Registered Member

    Isn't evil basically just a person's perspective?
  7. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    It can be subjective that way, but there is ethical philosophy which can provide some logical basis for defining it.
  8. redsoxocd

    redsoxocd living on the border

    but what if these people are only doing these things because they have some sort of psychological problem because these things happened to them when they were younger and/or they witnessed them be done to other people when they were younger. Then can they really be considered "evi;" or just mentally ill?

    Evil is just what someone makes it out to be
  9. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    But the psychological state of the individual doesn't have bearing on the intrinsic value of the act itself. If murder is evil, then psychological reasons for doing it explain why but don't change the intrinsic evil of murder.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2008
  10. Ymir-GF

    Ymir-GF Registered Member

    Evil is simply value judgment. It has no reality beyond that distinction.

Share This Page