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The Philosopher's Zone looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy. The program addresses the big philosophical questions and arguments. It also explores what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of some of the fundamental and perplexing issues that face the world today.


The Problem of Evil

April 29th, 2012

Episode 29 of 207 episodes

The Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik argues that he killed to do good for his country.Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organisers of the Holocaust, displayed neither guilt nor hatred, claiming he bore no responsibility because he was simply 'doing his job'.It was for him that the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ was coined.Ivan Milat, however, had a life-long history of behavioural disturbance and a propensity for sadistic violence.So how do we understand the problem?Is it just a lack of empathy or is there more than this to the problem of evil?

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