Serial Killers Being and Killing

ISBN-10: 1405199636

ISBN-13: 9781405199636

Edition: 2010

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They terrify us, and yet we love to read about them, to watch films about them, and some even fantasize about meeting them; this is the horror-pleasure reaction to serial killers whose gruesome acts hold a deep and disturbing lure.Serial Killers & Philosophy offers a philosophical examination of real and fictional serial killers, and investigates our profound intrigue with serial-murderers. Authors from various academic fields, as well as true crime writers and police officers delve into such questions as: What drives people to kill repeatedly? Can a serial killer be good and moral? What is it about serial killers that fascinates us? Do serial killers such as Ian Brady, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Zodiac killer, or fictional characters such as Dexter or Hannibal Lecter, make us understand ourselves differently?Investigating existential, ethical and political questions via real murder cases, this is a philosophical examination of our enduring fascination with these grisly figures.
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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: Meditations on Murder, or What is so Philosophical about Serial Killers?
I Think Therefore I Kill: The Philosophical Musings of Serial Killers
Man is the Most Dangerous Animal of All: A Philosophical Gaze into the Writings of the Zodiac Killer
A Philosophy of Serial Killing: Sade, Nietzsche, and Brady at the Gates of Fanus
The Situation of the Jury: Attribution Bias in the Trials of Accused Serial Killers
Can You Blame Them? Ethics, Evil, and Serial Killing
Serial Killers as Practical Moral Skeptics: A Historical Survey with Interviews
Are Psychopathic Serial Killers Evil? Are They Blameworthy for What They Do?
Sympathy for the Devil: Can a Serial Killer Ever Be Good?
Dangerous Infatuations: The Public Fascination with Serial Killers
The Allure of the Serial Killer
Dexter's Dark World: The Serial Killer as Superhero
A Eulogy for Emotion: The Lack of Empathy and the Urge to Kill
Killing with Kindness: Nature, Nurture, and the Female Serial Killer
It Puts the Lotion in the Basket: The Language of Psychopathy
Are Serial Killers Cold-Blooded Killers?
Creepy Cognition: Talking and Thinking about Serial Killers
The Serial Killer was (Cognitively) Framed
Wolves and Widows: Naming, Metaphor, and the Language of Serial Murder
An Arresting Conversation: Police Philosophize about the Armed and Dangerous
Psycho-ology: Killer Mindsets and Meditations on Murder
Psychopathy and Will to Power: Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader
The Thread of Death, or the Compulsion to Kill
A Solemn Afterword: A Message from the Victim's Network
A Timeline of Serial Killers
Notes on Contributors
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