This chapter examines the construct of evil from the perspective of moral psychology. The chapter first discusses contemporary theories of evil and common misconceptions about evil. The chapter then draws on examples from social psychology in order to examine the psychological and situational causes of evil actions. The relation between trauma and evil is then explored with an emphasis on Primo Levi’s account of Auschwitz and the concept of the “gray zone.” Finally, the chapter discusses the nature and possibility of healing and reconciliation (“moral repair”) after evil has been done.
|Title of host publication||Trauma Counseling Theories and Interventions for Managing Trauma, Stress, Crisis, and Disaster|
|Subtitle of host publication||Second Edition|
|Publisher||Springer Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2022|