Dr. Michael Stone: The Psychopathology of ‘Evil’ Children

Dr. Michael Stone, a Forensic Psychiatrist from Columbia University, is perhaps best known in popular culture as the the host of the Discovery Channel show, ‘Most Evil’.  In ‘Most Evil’, Stone developed and employed a ‘scale of evil’ which took into account a number of factors with the aim of categorizing perpetrators of heinous crimes. … More Dr. Michael Stone: The Psychopathology of ‘Evil’ Children

Redefining Evil: The Legacy of Gitta Sereny

The Austrian born biographer, historian and investigative journalist Gitta Sereny died recently leaving behind an enduring legacy; her insights into evil have resonated with a diverse audience eager to understand why seemingly ordinary people commit heinous crimes. From her earliest experiences as a welfare officer looking after concentration camp survivors, Gitta Sereny wrestled with the … More Redefining Evil: The Legacy of Gitta Sereny

Contemporary Explorations in the Banality of Evil

It was the political theorist Hanna Arendt who famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the Nazi apparatchik Adolf Eichmann. In exploring the question of whether evil is always perpetrated consciously or simply a function of thoughtlessness, Arendt studied the tendency of ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion and commit atrocious acts … More Contemporary Explorations in the Banality of Evil