Political Evil Political Evil – Chp 15

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
School
York University
Department
Political Science
Course
POLS 1000
Political Evil – Chp 15
As demonstrated in national socialist germany begins in 1943 and
ends in 1945
What occurred in Germany in first half of 20th century was a
phenomenon; the Corruption of a political regime or corruption of body
politic
French sociologist and philosopher Raymond Aron asks why and in
what circumstances did a highly civilized nation surround himself to
demigod hitler turn to m 161 manent
Early germany was ac coutnry of culture and cutting edge ideas;
capital of artistic and intellectual renaissance; bad best public education
in Europe at the time
2 major philosophers of 20th century Heidegger, Wittgerstein; both had
relationship to hitler
Wittgerstein went to kindergarten and Heidegger was in a nazi,
member of national socialist party
There was an honour attached to serving in the military; Manent this
honour should have stopped the leadership from following hitlers orders
WWI founding event of the 20th century 1914-1918
1989- fall of soviet union
Germany lost WWI but saw them self as victorious- didn’t lose territory
and it wasn’t invaded
Germany felt like their poltical eladership had stabbed them in the
back once armasist was signed; terms were so difficult they felt treason
occurred
Versaille peace treaty 1919- mean spirited and object of popular
resentment, upset with france England and America
This Germany antagonism with france England and America was
powerfully translated into civilzational terms; different and competing
civilizations
Saying that French and Americans have a different way of life and
civilization that is incompatiable with their own
Intelligent sociability- conversation, interacting-
Germans argue that the French were superficial and corrupt
On the anglo amcerican civilization is founded upon commerce and
individual initiative
From a german perspective French superficiality and anglo American
greed were an impediment to greatness
Seek to great a civilization of greatness and of true culture of mind
and soul
Germans will try to move away from calculated self interest
In case of French this self interest has to do with manners
Calculated self interest of Americans had to do with greed- engaged in
commerce
Manent points out- one of the bes ways to avoid calculated self
interest is to see war as the ultimate expression of greatness
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French sociologist and philosopher raymond aron asks why and in. Early germany was ac coutnry of culture and cutting edge ideas; 2 major philosophers of 20th century heidegger, wittgerstein; both had. Wittgerstein went to kindergarten and heidegger was in a nazi, As demonstrated in national socialist germany begins in 1943 and. What occurred in germany in first half of 20th century was a. Wwi founding event of the 20th century 1914-1918. Germany lost wwi but saw them self as victorious- didn"t lose territory. Germans argue that the french were superficial and corrupt. On the anglo amcerican civilization is founded upon commerce and. Germans will try to move away from calculated self interest. In case of french this self interest has to do with manners. Calculated self interest of americans had to do with greed- engaged in. From a german perspective french superficiality and anglo american. Seek to great a civilization of greatness and of true culture of mind.