Thursday, April 26, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Breivik and how Society uses “insanity” as defense mechanism

1BF5CE719FA9C5CFE357898762B65D8APhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-04-26]: Anders Behring Breivik has told his trial in Oslo that "80%" of a psychiatric report that found him insane in relation to his 77 killings in two attacks last July is "lies" [source: BBC News]. What is the matter with our society? Why do we insist on naming “crazy” everything that scares us? Can’t we stand the fact that a person can be perfectly sane and still hate other people? What is it that we want to protect? The status of “logic” or the status of a degraded society?

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