The nature of the beast: Hatred in cross-traditional religious and philosophical perspective

Joel Gereboff, Keith Green, Diana Fritz Cates, Maria Heim

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Abstract

HATRED IS A PHENOMENON OFTREMENDOUS 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-205
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of the Society of Christian Ethics
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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