Vol. 38 No. 1 (2018): Back to Ancient Questions? / Tornare alle domande degli Antichi?

An Antidote to Banal Society

Maria Benedetta Saponaro
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici Università di Bari

Published 2018-07-23


  • thoughtlessness,
  • banal evil,
  • consciousness,
  • empathy,
  • courage,
  • ...More

How to Cite

An Antidote to Banal Society. (2018). Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 38(1), 145-158. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v38i1.37


Within our contemporary society of technological culture, the concept of banal evil has become “the culture of banal evilâ€, an evil that is not sought intentionally, but is occasionally provoked, freely or for futile reasons; the evil of action or inaction, of indifference, is characterised by one fixed feature: the absence of thought or judgement. The teachings of Socrates, then as now, provide an antidote to the process of banalisation evident in current society, a factor that erodes both capacity for reflexivity and the scope of relational proximity, resulting in a subtle dehumanisation of humanity and a reification of the persona.