Card is among the most prominent feminist philosophers in the country and has created a new niche as one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars of evil.
This is the second volume in an in-progress trilogy that revisits the theory of evils developed in her first “evil” volume, The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evils (Oxford U. Press 2002).
Volume two expands that theory to consider collectively perpetrated and collectively suffered atrocities.
This book analyzes terrorism, torture, and genocide in light of recent atrocities, considering whether there can be moral justifications for terrorism and torture, and providing conceptual tools to distinguish genocide form non-genocidal mass slaughters.
The book is animated by the ideal of preserving humanitarian values in responding to evils.
It also argues that understanding the evils in high profile terrorism and torture enables us to recognize morally similar evils in everyday life: daily life under oppressive regimes and in racist environments; violence against women, including in the home; violence in prisons and in lawful executions by the state; hate crimes, and violence against animals.