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Dr. Evil!


Definition of Evil

First Things First

Please go to the boards and answer the following, citing at least one example to support your point: what, in your opinion, is the definition of "evil"?

You don't need to refer to anything other than your own thoughts for this. But think about specific examples that will help make your point clearly.

If you use outside sources, be sure to cite them to avoid plagiarism!

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers.

Initial post due by January 19 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by January 21 at 11:59 PM




It's easy to define "evil," right? It's the opposite of "good." It's Satan, Hitler, 9/11. And murder! Don't forget murder!

But what does "murder" mean? Taking the life of another human? Taking any life under any circumstance? Some people think eating cow is murder. Are they right? You're taking a life, so it makes some sense to call it murder, but then is eating meat evil?

What happens when someone is attacking you or your loved ones, and you kill them? Is that murder? Is that evil? Why or why not?

Your job is to look past the obvious, the serial killers and maniacs, genocide and other atrocities, and start thinking about the finer points of the question. What makes an act, person or idea truly evil? What are the components that define evil? And once you identify these components, can you prove your definition is correct?

Good news! You get to answer some of these questions in a timed writing next week!

IMPORTANT: I'm also banning Hitler as an example as well as serial killers and cult leaders like Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. They're too easy. Find challenging examples.




Read these articles:

On the Meaning of Evil by Kurt Leege

The Real Meaning of Evil by Lance Morrow

The Catholic Encyclopedia: Evil by Alfred Sharpe

Please go to the discussion boards and for one of the articles . . .

    1. Create a one sentence summary
    2. Indicate what you think the most important or interesting idea is
    3. Present the most important or interesting quote
    4. Explain why it's important or interesting
    5. Ask a relevant question

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers, and try an answer their questions.

Article post due by January 19 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by January 21 at 11:59 PM