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

Saponaro, M. B. (2018). An Antidote to Banal Society. 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 evil”, 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.