Literature

Spark on Evil

What is Evil? Is evil anything that oughtn’t to exist but persistently does? Is it a disembodied force, or an aspect of being human, or both? How do we locate it within the current global financial crisis? Does everyone within the human economy, as opposed to the divine economy, participate in what Hannah Arendt calls the banality of evil, by which she means not the will to do evil but the evil that occurs through an unawareness of self and other? Arendt was thinking specifically of Adolf Eichmann in his bureaucratic role as chief architect and head executioner of the…

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