FRED EMIL KATZ
Title: Ordinary People and Extraordinary Evil: A Report on the Beguilings of Evil
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: State University of New York Press July 1993
0791414426 / 9780791414422
Seller ID: 20100719174995
Elaborating on the theme of what Hannah Arendt called ''the banality of evil,'' this book evokes horror not only by its description of that which approaches the boundaries of comprehension but by its analysis of the very familiar processes and contexts which involve ''ordinary people'' in the creation of ''extraordinary evil.'' In short, it confronts each of us with the realization that there is very little that separates us from the perpetrators of holocausts and gulags, that the lines are not single and dramatic but many and unremarkable in themselves. The author uses his skills as a sociologist with a depth of humanity -- a recognition that the unbounded optimism of modernity in reason and science has been shattered, and that though science can help us understand the process of ''the beguilement of evil,'' ultimately our only hope lies in the moral dimension, where convictions and decisions for good must be formed and responsibly acted upon. 154 pp.