Cruelty, Singular Individuality, and Peter the Great

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In discussing cruelty toward human beings, I argue that disregarding the singularity of any human being is necessary for treating her or him cruelly. The cruelty of Peter the Great, relying upon the intolerance of any human singular individuality, serves me as a paradigm-case to illustrate that. The cruelty of Procrustes and that of Stalin rely upon similar grounds. Relating to a person’s singularity is sufficient to prevent cruelty toward that person. In contrast, a liberal state of mind or solidarity is insufficient to prevent cruelty and, under some circumstances, may even cause it.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)337-354
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


  • Civilization
  • Classical Russian literature
  • Cruelty
  • Deontology
  • Despotism
  • Dignity
  • Envy
  • Equality
  • Humiliation
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Interpresonality
  • Intersubjectivity
  • John Kekes
  • Liberalism
  • Love
  • Originality
  • Person
  • Peter the Great
  • Plagiarism
  • Pscyhical private accessibility
  • Richard Rorty
  • Self
  • Singular individuality
  • Slavery
  • Solidarity
  • Torture
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


Dive into the research topics of 'Cruelty, Singular Individuality, and Peter the Great'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this