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The evil of banality : on the life and death importance of thinking

Author: Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
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Asking, How could they do it? about the many ordinary people who have been perpetrators and those who resist extensive evils - genocide, human trafficking, endemic sexualized violations of females, economic exploitation -- the book delves into historic, contemporary, national, and international examples. The author, a moral philosopher, draws also on literature, psychology, economics, journalism, pop culture.  Read more...
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Minnich, Elizabeth Kamarck.
Evil of banality.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016
(DLC) 2016045274
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich
ISBN: 9781442275959 1442275952 9781442276307 1442276304
OCLC Number: 953708628
Description: xii, 243 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Thinking the unthinkable. Truth and fiction : Camus' The plague ; Thinking about not-thinking ; Changing minds ; Escaping explanations, excuses ; Meaning, truth, rationality, knowledge, thinking ; Romanticizing evil ; Intensive evil, extensive evil ; The ordinary for good and ill --
Part 2. Goodness : what is to be done? Philip Hallie : it takes a village ; Preparing for extensive goodness ; Looking for good beyond the village ; The banality of goodness? --
Part 3. Fertile grounds for extensive evil. Seeding prepared ground ; Large-scale enclosures : meaning systems ; Physical enclosures of bodies, minds ; Laying out the strands.
Responsibility: Elizabeth K. Minnich.

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Asking, How could they do it? about the many ordinary people who have been perpetrators and those who resist extensive evils - genocide, human trafficking, endemic sexualized violations of females, economic exploitation -- the book delves into historic, contemporary, national, and international examples. The author, a moral philosopher, draws also on literature, psychology, economics, journalism, pop culture. Reversing Arendt's banality of evil, she finds that mind-deadening banality, thoughtless conventionality, ambition, greed, status-seeking enable the evil of banality.
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