The Manson Murders A Philosophical Inquiry by David E. Cooper


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Schenkman, First edition, 1974. 

'What could possibly be of philosophical interest in the gruesome tale of carnage and violence that is the Tate/LaBianca murders.

This second volume of issues in contemporary ethics is an examination of many diverse philosophical issues which the Tate/LaBianca murders bring to the surface of concern. These were no ordinary murders. They were not even what ordinary be described by the newspapers as 'sensational'. They were the result of a deep-seated and ultra violent rejection of the value and moral system of our society. Charles Manson is a philosophical enigma. He lived a moral code, or at least an amoral code. He violated almost all social institutions. He thought himself a Christ figure.'