The nature of the beast: hatred in cross-traditional religious and philosophical perspective
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
Hatred is a phenomenon of tremendous ethical significance, yet it is poorly understood today. This essay explores some of the ways in which hatred is conceptualized and evaluated within different philosophical and religious traditions. Attention is focused on the Hebrew Bible and on the writings of Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Aquinas, and Buddhaghosa. Subtle differences mark various tradition-rooted accounts of the nature, causes, and effects of hatred. These differences yield different judgments about hatred's value and imply different methods for addressing the problem of hatred
Published Article/Book Citation
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 29:2 (2009) pp.175-205.