Readership: Anyone with an interest in the origins of cruelty and its biological and psychological basis - from non-specialist readers of popular science, with an interest in psychology and the brain, to people with an interest in moral philosophy, to psychologists, social scientists, and biologists.
Kathleen Taylor, Researcher, University of Oxford
"Both lay readers and academics from a variety of disciplines will find 'Cruelty' an absorbing and thought-provoking work." - Sue McHale, Times Higher Education Supplement
"A copy should be given to every politician elected to Parliment." - Sue McHale, Times Higher Education Supplement
"[A] wise and timely book." - Steven Rose, The Guardian
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction - Cruelty in Context
1: What is cruelty?
2: Quis judicat? Who decides?
3: Why does cruelty exist?
4: How do we come to act?
5: How do we come to feel?
6: How do we come to believe?
7: Why are we callous?
8: Why does sadism exist?
9: Can we stop being cruel?
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