Discussion in 'Religion & Philosophy' started by Steerpike, Feb 14, 2008.
This thread is to discuss "evil" by way of defining it.
How would you define evil?
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.
What would you say are any common traits among all your examples?
I think injustice is evil.
I agree, that is a philosophically valid answer. Can you explain why?
Isn't evil basically just a person's perspective?
It can be subjective that way, but there is ethical philosophy which can provide some logical basis for defining it.
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
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.
Evil is simply value judgment. It has no reality beyond that distinction.
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