Evilness as intention: The intentional Detachment from and Destruction of the Human Condition of Co-existence

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this article is to examine on which psychological foundation we might be able to identify evil as an independent psychological phenomenon which requires its own. non-clinical concept and diagnostics. An evil act, it is proposed, is something which a person does intentionally and can be held responsible for. A basic model of human activity is presented based on human connectedness to the world in general and on co-existence as a core of the human condition in particular. Genuine evilness is defined as intentional detachment from and destruction of human co-existence. This definition presupposes a level of selforganization where co-existence can be an intentional project in itself. Only beings that can have co-existence as an intentional project in itself can intentionally detach from it and act destructively towards it in a genuinely evil manner.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTheory & Psychology
    Volume15
    Issue5
    Pages (from-to)679-710
    Number of pages32
    ISSN0959-3543
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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