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Does the encoding/exemplifying distinction affect the question of willing evil-for-the-sake-of-evil-in-general?

I tend to gravitate towards thinking that willing evil for its own sake "as such," is impossible for reasons of the nature of practical reasoning/intellection. I can accept that there is ...
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Evil as the opposite category of 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞

Presupposition of the question: the drastic-difference thesis, which is here based on the SEP article on the concept of evil: Since World War II, moral, political, and legal philosophers have become ...
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What is 'an Ontological Evil'?

In various discussions touching upon topics between geopolitics, ethics, and general philosophy, I have seen the term used, in phrases such as 'please do not believe that members of [faction that both ...
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Is the problem of evil a strawman?

It is absolutely bewildering that this argument even exists when it only argues against the Christian conception of god. In Islam, which is the fastest growing religion and has the second most ...
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Does Kant think that an evil God is a contradiction?

At one point in Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, Kant says: So it is not surprising that an Apostle represents this invisible enemy, who is known only through his operations upon us and ...
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What is the "secular concept of evil"?

This chapter asks whether the concept of evil is exclusively religious or supernaturally loaded, and what it means to say that evil exists. Some atheists refuse to use the word “evil” because of what ...
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Am I to blame when my petty acts of selfishness have evil unforeseen consequences?

Am I to blame when my petty acts of selfishness have evil unforeseen consequences, if some further bad consequences or other were foreseeable? Suppose I am stalking a friend in the hope they will give ...
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