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Women and Evil

Nel Noddings

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Sozialwissenschaften, Recht, Wirtschaft / Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung

Beschreibung

Human beings love to fictionalize evil--to terrorize each other with stories of defilement, horror, excruciating pain, and divine retribution. Beneath the surface of bewitchment and half-sick amusement, however, lies the realization that evil is real and that people must find a way to face and overcome it. What we require, Carl Jung suggested, is a morality of evil--a carefully thought out plan by which to manage the evil in ourselves, in others, and in whatever deities we posit. This book is not written from a Jungian perspective, but it is nonetheless an attempt to describe a morality of evil. One suspects that descriptions of evil and the so-called problem of evil have been thoroughly suffused with male interests and conditioned by masculine experience. This result could hardly have been avoided in a sexist culture, and recognizing the truth of such a claim does not commit us to condemn every male philosopher and theologian who has written on the problem. It suggests, rather, that we may get a clearer view of evil if we take a different standpoint. The standpoint I take here will be that of women; that is, I will attempt to describe evil from the perspective of women's experience.

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eve, motherhood, social science, vengeance, literary criticism, gender, pain, retribution, ethical terror, supernatural, jung, madonna whore dichotomy, gender roles, human evil, terror, feminism, aging, religion, literature, feminist theory, cruelty, philosophy, evil, horror, problem of evil, women as evil, womens studies, good and evil, nonfiction, gender studies, lilith, madonna, angel in the house, femininity, myth, cultural narratives, terrorism, domesticity, morality, patriarchy, masculinity