How could they?
Some people are ruthless. Some lose control. Yet most violence remains unfathomable. A new theory lights up the darkness
Ethics of a Nazi judge
Konrad Morgen prosecuted his fellow Nazis, but not for the Final Solution. How should history judge him?
A touch of evil
Lying, cheating and arrogance might be morally repugnant, but a little dose of nastiness can be a creative thing
It is easy to think that mass shooters are simply monsters but that is just a way to duck our shared responsibility
The good zombie
The new zombie still eats brains, but it can think, emote and even fall in love. Why zombies with heart are on the rise
Disgust is often used as a tool of persuasion. But are gut feelings ever a reliable guide in questions of right and wrong?
In the 1940s, Japan’s search for a national philosophy became a battle for existence. Did Zen ideas create the kamikaze?
The essence of evil
You don’t have to be a monster or a madman to dehumanise others. You just have to be an ordinary human being
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
When soldiers kill in war, the secret shame and guilt they bring back home can destroy them
The ruling that Anders Breivik is sane leaves his ideas unchallenged. We need a new verdict for crimes of vainglory