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Discussion 10: Hannah Arendt and the banality of evil
Must evil be demonic? Arendt says, no.
In 1961, The New Yorker published Hannah Arendt’s controversial account. Her attempt to humanize the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann raised the ire of her follow Jews. She was by no means supportive of Eichmann’s horrific actions, but she sought a human source for what had happened in the Holocaust, rather than falling back on the common reference to evil demonic forces. Instead she argued that Eichmann was an example of a new kind of criminal who does evil from a lack of thought rather from malicious intent. Read the short essay at the link and comment on this problem of “the banality of evil.”
Here is your link to the article (Links to an external site.) https://aeon.co/ideas/what-did-hannah-arendt-really-mean-by-the-banality-of-evil

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