Ordinary People and Extraordinary Evil A Report on the Beguilings of Evil

ISBN-10: 0791414426

ISBN-13: 9780791414422

Edition: 1993

Authors: Fred Emil Katz
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Description: Posits that our most ordinary behavior can lead us to participate in the most horrendous acts, perhaps even with zeal and joy, but certainly without remorse. Using the Holocaust as the pivotal example, examines the lives of the head of Auschwitz and a physician there, then the life of an exemplary physician to show the similarity; an American officer in Vietnam is also examined. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 7/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary
Evil Defined
Look at Evil Behaviorally
Is Evil Real?
Who Produces Extraordinary Evil?
Overview of the Book
Confronting Evil and its Paradoxes
Arendt's View of Eichmann
Is a Dispassionate Study of Evil Possible?
The Desire to Ignore Evil
People May Deliberately Engage in Evil Activities
Behavior Mechanisms at Work
Incremental Processes
Packages and Riders
The Question of Autonomy: The Cunning of Governments and the Contributions of Citizens
Some Faces of Evil
A Humane American Physician
An SS Physician
A Nazi Bureaucrat: Chief of the Auschwitz Extermination Camp
My Lai
Conclusion: Turning away from Evil
A Fable About the Two Research-Minded Physicians
Raoul Wallenberg and Rudolf Hoess Revisited
The Compelling Power of Immediacy and Extricating Oneself from Taking Part in Evil
Another Look at the Five Paradoxes: Some Answers, Some New Questions, Some Hope
The Larger Picture
Notes
References
Index
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