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Why Modem Intellectuals are Hostile to the Concept of Evil

Edwin A. Locke

Presented at: PI Toronto 1986

Date: Oct 18, 1986

Dr. Locke will examine the premises held by contemporary psychologists (and many other intellectuals) that lead them to deny the existence of evil, insisting instead that all people are automatically good unless circumstances make them otherwise; that all people are morally equal; that all people are open to reason. The result is a denial of the existence of deliberate malice: the desire of some people to harm innocent victims. These premises include: moral relativism; egalitarianism; determinism; fear of physical reality; and the desire to feel efficacious. Also discussed will be the practical consequences of the denial of evil (eg. negotiating with the Soviets).

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