Kehrer imprint, 2016
In the wake of the Nuremberg Trials and World War II genocide cases, Professor of Psychology Stanley Milgram at the Yale University conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between law-abiding authority and personal conscience. The experiment showed that 60 percent of us are willing to send 450 volts with power through a fellow human being if we are told to do so by an authority – in this case the professor himself. The year before (1959), German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt followed the legal process against Nazi top bureaucrat Adolf Eichmann. Her conclusion was that he was not an evil man, but a very law-abiding man in an evil system. She thus calculated how Milgram's experiment would go, and concluded that the evil is sometimes radical, but most often it is just trivial. In a series of articles in The New Yorker, she defined the term the banality of evil: When evil is put into routine and cruel actions are accepted without thinking about it, evil comes. . .
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