Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Score one for Bryan ...

... I think this is best refutation of Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil" thesis that I have read: Potter 3: Amanda, Arendt and The Banality of Evil.

In fairness to Arendt, though, I think she was trying to dispel the notion that there is always something slightly glamourous about evildoers - a la Mephistopheles, or Milton's Satan. On the contrary: The perpetrators of evil are, as often as not, dull, uninteresting brutes.

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