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From Morality to Mental HealthVirtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture$
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Mike W. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195304713.001.0001

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Violence and Evil

Violence and Evil

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(p.117) 10 Violence and Evil
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From Morality to Mental Health
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Mike W. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195304713.003.0010

This chapter presents an integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective on violence. It explores how violence — in the sense of cruel and unjustified physical injury — can be both pathological and evil. It begins by rejecting James Gilligan's attempt to replace morality with therapy. It then turns sociopaths as paradigms of simultaneous moral and mental disorder, then discusses collective violence. The chapter concludes with comments on attempts to abandon blame toward violent individuals.

Keywords:   morality, therapy, evil, James Gilligan, sociopaths, moral disorder, mental disorder, collective violence

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