Evil and moral detachment: further reflections on The Mirror Thesis

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​A commonly accepted claim by philosophers investigating the nature of evil is that the evil person is, in some way, the mirror image of the moral saint. In this paper I will defend a new version of this thesis. I will argue that both the moral saint and the morally evil person are characterized by a lack of conflict between moral and non-moral concerns. However, while the saint achieves this unity through a reconciliation of the two, the evil person does so by eliminating moral concerns from her character.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-218
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies
Issue number2
Early online date11 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • evil
  • moral saints


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