Common Room Philosophy

A podcast by the students of the University of Warwick’s Philosophy Department featuring long-form interviews with its academics.
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12| The Philosophy of Evil — with David Bather Woods Common Room Philosophy

This episode is an interview/discussion with David Bather Woods. David is an assistant professor in the University of Warwick's philosophy department, and a previous guest of this podcast.   In this episode, we discuss various questions about evil and evil-doers, including: – Do you have to be free to be evil? – If we aim to understand evil-doers, do we risk forgiving them? – If our situations were different, could we all do evil things? – What makes an evil act evil, rather than just very bad? Some links: – David's popular episode on Schopenhauer Books David recommended: – Being Evil: a philosophical perspective by Luke Russell – Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil by Hannah Arendt – At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities by John Améry – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan Neiman – The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil by Claudia Card  – Evil: A History edited by Andrew P. Chignell  If you have any feedback for the show, positive or critical, it would be very welcome. Check out the anonymous feedback form here.
  1. 12| The Philosophy of Evil — with David Bather Woods
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  4. 9| Moral Deference and Practical Deliberation – with Adina Covaci
  5. 8| The Rule of the Knowers, Justified Protests and the Duties of Democratic Citizens- with Sameer Bajaj

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Conducted and edited by Toby Tremlett. Cover art by Alicia Lukman.

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