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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, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishering Group, Inc., [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Minnich, Elizabeth Kamarck.
Evil of banality.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016
(DLC) 2016044739
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich
ISBN: 9781442275973 1442275979
OCLC Number: 959698499
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 243 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction:What Were They Thinking? PART I: EVIL-THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE Chapter 1: Truth and Fiction: Camus' The Plague Chapter 2: Thinking about Not-Thinkingh Chapter 3: Changing Minds Chapter 4: Escaping Explanations, Excuses Chapter 5: Meaning, Truth, Rationality, Knowledge, and Thinking Chapter 6: Romanticizing Evil Chapter 7: Intensive Evil, Extensive Evil Chapter 8: The Ordinary for Good and Ill PART II: GOODNESS: WHAT IS TO BE DONE? Chapter 9: Phillip Hallie: It Takes a Village Chapter 10: Preparing for Extensive Goodness? Chapter 11: Looking for Good Beyond the Village Chapter 12: The Banality of Goodness? PART III: FERTILE GROUNDS FOR EXTENSIVE EVIL Chapter 13: Seeding Prepared Ground Chapter 14: Large-Scale Enclosures: Meaning Systems Chapter 15: Physical Enclosures of Bodies, Minds Chapter 16: Laying out the Strands Afterword: Teaching Thinking Notes Bibliography: Sources and Resources Index Author Biography
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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