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Exploring The Nature of Evil Essay

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"The truth is that the Nazi's are men like ourselves; the nightmare is that they've shown, have shown beyond doubt, what man is capable of" (Arendt 1945 quotation taken from Kohn 1994). The goal of this essay is to address the concept of "radical evil" and also to establish how it has been integrated into Hannah Arendt's thesis that the "Banality of evil". This will be done by first addressing Immanuel Kant's key concept of evil been "radical" and concluding that which he intended by this. Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the Banality of Evil (1963) will then be examined to explore the way Kant's main propositions have influenced and to some extent been transformed by Arendt to clarify the horrors of the holocaust. We will finish by looking at the way in which the nature of evil ought to be addressed after the Holocaust. Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher operating in the late twentieth century and was considered "The best member of the idealist school of German philosophy" (Aquila 1989). Kant's work regarding evil especially that covered in his job Religion has received more attention as the onset of the twenty first century than it did in his own period (Hanson 2012). This rise in attention might be accounted for due to a broader look for answers about "evil". Previously unimaginable events that have happened in modern times from the Holocaust into the 9/11 atrocities, make us question morality and ourselves as a human race, resulting in questions such as, "are the folks responsible for these offenses ordinary?" "Are these individuals born evil?" To responses the latter question out of Kant's standpoint, yes these people are born evil, or at least they're born with an inborn capacity to become "evil". To answer the former, ye...

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