The Psychology of Good and Evil

Hardcover | December 14, 2015

byLaurent Begue

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In the 21st century, the concept of ethics may seem outdated or obsolete. But in reality, ethics is the omnipresent, ongoing discussion going on in our global communities today. Systematically, people condemn, sanction, demonize, and freely judge one another. As a result, by addressing thesimplest of questions ("How do we act?" and "What do we think of others?"), laws are legislated and the moral code is created. But what is morality, exactly? And how does the moral code shape the story of our lives?Written from the perspective of a social psychologist, The Psychology of Good and Evil explores the answers to these big questions in fascinating detail, all while illuminating the inner workings of the human mind, human nature, and the foundations of our beliefs.

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In the 21st century, the concept of ethics may seem outdated or obsolete. But in reality, ethics is the omnipresent, ongoing discussion going on in our global communities today. Systematically, people condemn, sanction, demonize, and freely judge one another. As a result, by addressing thesimplest of questions ("How do we act?" and "Wh...

Laurent Begue, PhD, is professor of social psychology at University of Grenoble Alpes in France and was a visiting professor at Stanford University. He is the author of several books and many scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Begue's research has appeared in many publications, including Time, The Atlantic, Slate, New York Post, ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190250666

ISBN - 13:9780190250669

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Moral Self2. The Norm Police3. Human Ethics and Animality4. Very Social, Therefore Very Moral?5. Internalizing Norms6. The Mimicry of Ethics7. Ethics Within the Limits of Reason Alone8. Emotions and Moral Rationalization9. Moral Judgment of Victims10. The Moral Theater11. Immoral Situations12. Giving Way to TemptationEpilogueAcknowledgments