Daniel Maier-Katkin on Eichmann

The judgment of the court in Jerusalem was that Eichmann had “closed his ears to conscience,” but Arendt did not think this was the case; it was not that Eichmann did not hear the call of conscience, but that his conscience spoke with the voice of respectable society, and this is the voice that seduces men to evil. When the devil comes to negotiate for our souls, he brings attractive gifts and rationalizations, and is more likely to be wearing a business suit or uniform of national pride than a fiery cape. (267)

Daniel Maier-Katkin, Stranger From Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness

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