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Excerpt: "When is it right to force someone to do something?

Real evil exists in the world. We recognize it in the selfish and cruel actions of other people, and if we are honest we admit at least the possibility of evil in our own actions. Sometimes we have the power, we think, to stop evildoers. But since we recognize the potential for doing evil ourselves, we worry that our efforts to stop the injustice of others will themselves be unjust. Whether wickedly or unwittingly, our fight against evil might just produce more evil."


This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Good and Evil: Quaker Perspectives in 2007, available online:

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