Arendt Studies

Volume 3, 2019

James Sias
Pages 173-194

Rethinking the Thin-Thick Distinction among Theories of Evil (and Then Rereading Arendt)

According to a standard interpretation of Hannah Arendt’s remarks about evil, she had a psychologically thin conception of evil action. This paper has two aims. First, I argue that the distinction between psychological thinness and thickness is poorly conceived, at least as it commonly applies to theories of evil action. And second, I argue that, according to a better conception of the thin-thick distinction, Arendt is being misinterpreted.