Evil Inside Human Violence and Cruelty

ISBN-10: 0805071652
ISBN-13: 9780805071658
Edition: Revised 
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Description: Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the secret police? Why do cycles of revenge so often escalate? Baumeister casts new light on these issues as he examines the gap between the victim's viewpoint and that of the perpetrator, and also the roots of evil behavior, from egotism and revenge to idealism and sadism. A fascinating study of one of humankind's oldest problems, Evil has profound implications for the way we conduct our lives and govern our society.

Roy F. Baumeister is the Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Baumeister has worked at Case Western Reserve University, as well as the University of Texas, University of Virginia, Max-Planck-Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Baumeister's has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Templeton Foundation. His research spans the areas of self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation. He is the author of nearly 400 publications. His books include Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty , The Cultural Animal , Meanings of Life and Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

Foreword
Preface
The Question of Evil, and the Answers
Image and Reality
Victims and Perpetrators
The Myth of Pure Evil
The Four Roots of Evil
Greed, Lust, Ambition: Evil as a Means to an End
Egotism and Revenge
True Believers and Idealists
Can Evil Be Fun? The Joy of Hurting
How They Do It
Crossing the Line: How Evil Starts
How Evil Grows and Spreads
Dealing with Guilt
Ambivalence and Fellow Travelers
Conclusion
Why Is there Evil?
Notes
Index

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