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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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On Deception

On Deception

Radical Evil and the Destruction of the Archive

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Difficulties of Ethical Life

Peg Birmingham

Fordham University Press

This chapter shows how radical deception presents one of the most difficult challenges for ethical life today, which is totalitarianism. It begins by examining the claim that radical deception has something to do with the destruction of reality. It concludes that radical evil takes the form of a totalizing logic that dominates the whole of reality. When this occurs, nothing of an original archive remains.

Keywords:   archive, radical evil, totalitarianism, reality, deception, ethical life

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