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Where is Evil?
Where is Evil?

Author(s): Arne Johan Vetlesen
Subject(s): Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Politics and society
Published by: Wittenberg University - Sociology Department
Keywords: Evil; Hannah Arendt; philosophy; Bosnia;

Summary/Abstract: To appreciate what is at issue here consider what I take to be the increasingly common notion that the truly intriguing question to investigate is not “how was it to be made to suffer?” but instead “how was it to be the one causing the suffering?” There is presently no end to the number of books on the market that in some way or other revolves around the theme “how ordinary people become mass murderers”. Perhaps it is a question of supply meeting demand. We do not want to enter the heads and hearts of those victimized by the violence, those who suffer it, more or less passively, impotently. Instead, we are – ambivalently, apprehensively – curious about the mindset of the doers, wondering whether we, under similar circumstances, would turn out like them and – God forbid – do the same.

  • Issue Year: 12/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 1-2
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: English