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Just published May 2019. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil (Eds. Thomas Nys and Stephen de Wijze)
Why ought we concern ourselves with understanding a concept of evil? It is an elusive and politically charged concept, which critics argue has no explanatory power and is a relic of a superstitious and primitive religious past. Yet its widespread use persists today: we find it invoked by politicians, judges, journalists, and many others to express the view that certain actions, persons, institutions, or ideologies are not just morally problematic but require a special signifier to mark them out from the ordinary and commonplace. Therefore, the question of what a concept of evil could mean and how it fits into our moral vocabulary remains an important and pressing concern.
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil provides an outstanding overview and exploration of these issues and more, bringing together an international team of scholars working on the concept of evil. Its 27 chapters cover the crucial discussions and arguments, both historical and contemporary, that are needed to properly understand the historical development and complexity of the concept of evil. The Handbook is divided into three parts:
The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Evil is essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of ethics and philosophy of psychology. It also provides important insights and background for anyone exploring the concept of evil in related subjects such as literature, politics, and religion.
Thinking Towards Humanity: Themes from Norman Geras (edited by Stephen de Wijze and Eve Garrard)
Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice: Themes and Challenges (Eds.) Stephen de Wijze, Matthew H. Kramer and Ian Carter.
Throughout the English-speaking world, and in the many other countries where analytic philosophy is studied, Hillel Steiner is esteemed as one of the foremost contemporary political philosophers. This volume is designed as a festschrift for Steiner and as an important collection of philosophical essays in its own right. The editors have assembled a roster of highly distinguished international contributors, all of whom are eager to pay tribute to Steiner by focusing on topics on which he himself has concentrated. Some of the contributors engage directly with Steiner's work, whereas others focus not directly on his writings but instead grapple with issues that have figured prominently therein. Each essay seeks to advance the debates in which Steiner himself has so notably participated. The study concludes with a response by Steiner himself.
I was co-editor of Representation (with Andrew Russell) (2007-2014) This is a journal of long standing repute. It has been publishing since 1960 and has a general interest in all matters relating the theme of representative democracy and to this end it has established itself as a recognised journal of record and comment both in the UK and internationally. We welcome papers on ideas of representation that are not parliamentary and recently expanded the journal’s remit to include normative concepts of democracy and representation.
I presently supervise the following PhD student:
Anh Le – Towards a theory of Jus Ad Vim
Recently completed PhDs
Jamie Henson – Remorse, Punishment and its place in the Legal System (Viva 2017)
Wen-Chin Lung – The paradox of humanitarian aid.(Viva 2017)
James Shaw – Madison, Constant and the Theory and Establishment of Liberal Republican Constitutional Neutrality (Viva 2016)
Garvan Walshe – Green Libertarianism: Freedom and Ecology (Viva 2015)
Stephen Hood – Democratic theory and representation (Viva 2013)
Chris Mills - The interplay between morality and democracy, focusing on the balance between perfectionist enlightened rule and neutral political concerns (Viva 2013)
Stephen Cooke – The Ethics of Animal Liberation. (Viva 2012)
Rebecca Reilly-Cooper - Contemporary democratic theory and its relationship to democratic practice. In particular, the ways in which democratic theory fails to attend to the problem of the exclusion of minority group voices from political debate and deliberation. (Viva 2010)
Tom Goodwin - Dirty Hands: Inescapable Wrongdoing in Public and Private Life? (Viva 2009)
Charlie Robinson - Deliberative Democracy and Social Justice. (Viva 2007)
Mihaela Georgieva - Political Constructivism and the Liberal Project of Public Justification (Viva 2007)
Andrew Shorten - Treating Cultural Commitments Fairly: A Cosmopolitan Account of Multicultural Justice (Completed 2005) Winner of the Political Studies Association Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Political Theory Thesis 2005
My personal record
Full name: Stephen de Wijze
1998 PhD (
1990 MA - Philosophy (
1986 BA(Hons) Philosophy (
1985 BA (
Education Diploma (UED) (
1981 Bachelor of Commerce (B Comm)
Qualifications - academic and professional
Academic: B.Comm (Rhodes); BA (UNISA) BA Hons
University Education Diploma (UED) (
Previous employment and appointments
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
• Appointed temporary lecturer January 1998
• Appointed to permanent lectureship September 2001
Memberships of academic and professional bodies
Political Studies Association (PSA)
Awards, scholarships and bursaries
1995 Tindall Endowed Research Scholarship (
1988 Fulbright Scholarship
(taken up at
1987 Master's and
Doctorate Degree Scholarship (
1986 Merit Award (
Academic Journal Papers
· ‘Small-scale evil’ in Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 52 Issue 1, March 2018: 25–35.52(1): 25-35. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10790-017-9600-2.pdf
· ‘Citizen guilt: moral complicity and the problem of democratic dirty hands’ in The Monist, Vol. 101, Issue 2, 1 April 2018: 129–149.
· ‘Interrogating the ‘Ticking Bomb Scenario’: Reassessing the thought experiment’ in The International Journal of Applied Ethics (co-authored with Simon Beck), 29 (1):53-70 (2015) (DOI 10.5840/ijap201561741)
· ‘Political Accountability and Moral Pollution: Defending Democratic Dirty Hands’ in Biblioteca della libertà, Anno XLIX, n. 209, gennaio-aprile (2014) http://www.centroeinaudi.it/images/abook_file/209online_de%20Wijze.pdf
· ‘Searching for the mark of Cain – Barry’s exploration of Evil Persons’ Journal of Value Inquiry, 50 (2), (2014) 463-471.
· ‘Punishing dirty hands - three justifications’ in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (ETMP) 2012. Available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10677-012-9396-x
· ‘The challenge of a moral politics: Mendus and Coady on politics, integrity and ‘dirty hands’’ Res Publica 2011
· ‘Bellamy on Dirty Hands and Lesser Evils: A Response’ in British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR) Vol.11, No. 3, 2009: 529-540 (Co-authored with Tom Goodwin)
· ‘Shamanistic Incantations? Rawls, Reasonableness and Secular Fundamentalism’ in Politics and Ethics Review 3(1) 2007:109-128.
· ‘Tragic-Remorse - The Anguish of Dirty Hands’ in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (ETMP), 7, 2004: 453-471.
· ‘Exploring our moral emotions: the difficult case of ‘dirty hands’’ in Philosophical Papers, Special Issue, Vol. 33, No.2, 2004: 15-24.
· ‘Democracy, trust and the problem of dirty hands’ in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Issue 10:1, Spring-Summer, 2003 ‘Special Issue- Fiduciary Ethics’: 37-42.
· ‘Complexity, relevance and character: Problems with teaching the ad hominem fallacy’ in Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) Vol. 35, No.1 (2003): 31-56.
· Defining Evil - Insights from the problem of “dirty hands”’in The Monist, Volume 85, No. 2,(2002), 210-238.
· ‘The Political Limits of Reasonableness’ in Imprints, Vol. 6, no. 2 (2002): 171-186.
· ‘Machiavellian Thoughts on Mbeki: Between Political Cynicism & Moral Naivety’ in Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics (AJPAE), Vol.2, No.1, (2000): 61-70.
· ‘The family and political justice - the case for political liberalisms’ in The Journal of Ethics, Vol.4, No.3, (July 2000): 257-281.
· ‘Rawls and Civic Education’ in Cogito, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1999): 87-93.
‘Teaching critical reasoning in
· ‘The real problem of dirty hands - reply to Kai Nielsen’ in South African Journal of Philosophy, 15 (4), (1996): 149-151.
· ‘Towards a Political Ethic: Exploring the boundaries of a moral politics’, in Philosophical Papers, Vol. XXIII , No. 3. (1994): 191-215.
· ‘Dirty hands - doing wrong to do right’ in South African Journal of Philosophy, 13 (1) (1994): 27-33.
· The Routledge Handbook on Evil (Thomas Nys and Stephen de Wijze eds.) Routledge 2019.
· Thinking Towards Humanity: themes from Norman Geras (Stephen de Wijze and Eve Garrard eds.) MUP 2012.
· Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice (Stephen de Wijze, Matthew Kramer, and Ian Carter eds.) Routledge, 2009.
· ‘Defining the concept of evil: Insights from our pre-cognitive responses’ in The Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Evil (Routledge 2019).
· ‘Political Evil: Warping the Moral Landscape’ in Moral Evil in Practical Ethics (eds. Roger Crisp and Sholmit Harrosh.) Routledge 2019.
· ‘The Means/Ends Problem in Politics’ in Philosophy and Politics: Methods, Tools and Topics Antonella Besussi (ed.) 2012 Ashgate Publishers
· ‘Recalibrating Steiner on Evil’ in de Wijze, Kramer and Carter (eds.) Hillel and the Anatomy of Justice 2009.
· ‘Between Hero and Villain: Jack Bauer and the Problem of ‘Dirty Hands’’ in 24 and Philosophy: The World According to Jack, (eds. Jennifer Hart Weed, Richard Brian Davis and Ronald Weed), The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, 2008.
· ‘Dirty Hands: Doing Wrong to Do Right’ in Politics and Morality Igor Primoratz (ed.) Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2006 (reprint of journal article).
‘Equality’ in Political Concepts: A Reader
and a Guide (ed. Iain Mackenzie)
· ‘Towards a political ethic: exploring the boundaries of a moral politics’ in Ruth Chadwick and Doris Schroeder (eds.) Applied Ethics - Critical Concepts in Philosophy, Volume VI, Politics, Routledge, 2002. (reprint of journal article)
· ‘Reasonableness, pluralism and democracy: a pragmatic approach’, in G. Calder, E. Garrett, and J. Shannon (eds.), Liberalism and Social Justice: International Perspectives, Ashgate Publishers, Spring 2000.
· Punishing ‘Dirty Hands’ – Insights from Zaibert’s Rethinking Punishment in C4EJOURNAL PERSPECTIVES ON ETHICS. In the symposium on Leo Zaibert, Rethinking Punishment [June 2018] url: https://c4ejournal.net/2018/06/29/stephen-de-wijze-punishing-dirty-hands-insights-from-zaiberts-rethinking-punishment-2018-c4ej-12/ . Zaibert’s reply is here: https://c4ejournal.net/2018/07/06/leo-zaibert-punishment-values-and-justifications-2018-c4ej-15/
‘Patching Holes in a Sinking Ship: ‘Democratic
Deliberation Within’, a review of Robert E. Goodin, Reflective
· ‘Torture and Liberalism’ in Democratiya (7) Winter 2006.
· ‘Moral contractualism comes of age’ - a review essay of T. M. Scanlon, What We Owe to Each Other (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998), in Res Publica, 7 (2001): 187-194. (co-authored with Jonathan Hughes)
Refereed Publications in conference proceedings
Kymlicka, Will. Contemporary
Political Philosophy, Knowles,
· Richard Bellamy, Liberalism and Pluralism: Towards a Politics of Compromise for Ethics Volume 112, No. 2, January 2002
· Roberto Alejandro, The Limits of Rawlsian Justice (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998) in Political Studies, Vol.48, No.1, March 2000.
· Charles Spinosa, Fernando Flores and Hubert L. Dreyfus, Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action and the Cultivation of Solidarity (Cambridge MA., The MIT Press, 1997) in Political Studies, Vol. 47, No. 5, December 1999.
· Patricia J. Mills (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of G.W.F. Hegel, (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996) in Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, No. 36, (Autumn/Winter, 1997).
Matt Matravers (ed.) Scanlon
and Contractualism (
Ian Shapiro The State of Democratic Theory
Chandran Kukathas The
Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom, (
Trudy Govier A Delicate Balance: what philosophy can
tell us about terrorism. (
· Lukes, Steven Liberals and Cannibals (Verso 2003) in Political Studies Review, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2004. (Used as sample review by Political Studies Review)
· Kimberly Hutchings and Roland Dannreuther (eds.) Cosmopolitan Citizenship (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999) in Political Studies, Vol.48, No.1, March 2000.
· David Carroll Cochran, The Colour of Freedom: Race and Contemporary American Liberalism (Albany NY, State University of New York Press, 1999) in Political Studies, Vol.48, No.3, June 2000.
· Alan Montefiore and David Vines (eds.) Integrity in the Public and Private Domains (London and New York, Routledge, 1999) in Political Studies, Vol. 47, No. 5, December 1999.
Other Publications: Research
· “Evil.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. (With Eve Garrard) http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396577/obo-9780195396577-0316.xml
· ‘Essentials of Moral Conflict’ in The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics (ed. Martin Cohen) Hodder Arnold, 2006. (Encyclopaedia entry)
· PhD thesis: Political Liberalism: a consolidation, reconstruction, and defence. (University of Sheffield: 1998)
‘Learning to be political liberals - reply to
Parry’, Mancept Working Paper Series,
Department of Government,
· ‘Outlining the “dirty hands” problem’ in Comment, Volume 8, (1993).
· ‘Critical Thinking Courses: What does it take to take them seriously?’ in Comment, Volume 5, (1991).
Other Public Output
‘Dismissing Hoddle - a dangerous breach of a
basic right’ in After Government, Department of Government Alumni
· ‘Critical Reasoning and the Abortion Issue’ in Rhodesfest, Grahamstown Festival of Arts, (July 1992).
I have commentated on current events for the following media outlets:
· BBC Breakfast News
· BBC Radio 4
· BBC radio Manchester
· Manchester Evening News (MEN)
· Manchester Key 103 Radio
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