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The Banality of Evil (2 of 6): Introductory Remarks Laurie Naranch

Video from Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

"Where does evil come from? Are evil acts always committed by evil people? Whose responsibility is it to identify and stamp out evil? These questions concerned 20th-century German philosopher Hannah Arendt throughout her life and work, and in her final (and unfinished) 1977 book The Life of the Mind, she seems to offer a conclusion, writing:

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

Indeed, Arendt was a German philosopher and political theorist who saw the techniques and evil consequences of totalitarian regimes firsthand..." from the article: Hannah Arendt On Standing Up to the Banality of Evil


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