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Understanding EvilLessons from Bosnia$
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Keith Doubt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227006

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227006.001.0001

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Evil's Agency

Evil's Agency

(p.39) 6. Evil's Agency
Understanding Evil

Keith Doubt

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the relation between an intellectual's work and an intellectual's life, and whether the knowledge of how an intellectual debased his or her life contributes to a critical understanding of an intellectual's work. Mihailo Markovic is a world-renowned Yugoslav philosopher recognized for his writing on humanism, social democracy, and human rights. However, what is now intellectually vexatious and morally disheartening is that Markovic became a major supporter of Slobodan Milosevic. He was a key ideologue in Milosevic's political party responsible for planning, initiating, and carrying out war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia–Herzegovina.

Keywords:   Bosnia, Mihailo Markovic, praxis, intellectuals, Slobodan Milosevic, crimes against humanity

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