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Volume 65 (2010), 2

A View beyond the Frontier

(Original title: No Pain, no Gain. The Understanding of Cruelty in Western Philosophy and Some Reflections on Personhood)
Filozofia, 65 (2010), 2, 170-183.

Almost daily, we read and hear of car bombings, violent riots and escalating criminal activities. Such actions are typically condemned as “cruel” and their “cruelty” is taken as the most blameworthy trait, to which institutions are obliged, it is implied, to respond by analogously “cruel but necessary" measures. Almost daily, we read and hear of tragic cases of… Read more

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