|The Problem of Evil|
3rd April, 2012: Michael Robertson The Problem of Evil
The problem of evil has confounded moral philosophy since antiquity. At best, evil can be construed as the opposite of good, although in the light of contemporary neuroscience, evil could now considered as a meta-phenomena of disorders of empathy. Taking Hannah Arendt's observations of Adolf Eichmann as a starting point Michael expanda the concept of evil from that of failure of moral reflection to a more integrated model that considers perspectives from neuroscience, moral relativism, psychoanalysis and social contract theory. He argues that evil is a contextual phenomenon which is most clearly understood as empathic failure in a particular setting at a particular point in history.
Michael Robertson is a psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatric Ethics at the University of Sydney. His PhD examined ethics in relation to psychological trauma .His current research interests focus upon involuntary psychiatric treatment. He has appeared on "The Philosopher's Zone", "All in the Mind" and "Background Briefing" on ABC Radio National. He is currently working on his third book, a communitarian approach to ethics in mental health care"
The Problem of Evil
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