George Cotkin


On his book Morality’s Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America

Cover Interview of May 02, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Might too much empathy lead to disasters just as too little empathy does?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Too often, we shy away from the concept of evil.  But evil demands a voice as a descriptive and analytical term.”

On the second:

“Perhaps at the root of moral evil is the problem of certitude, our willingness to cling tightly to strictures of right and wrong or to embrace our gut feelings without sufficient reflection.”