Bauman -- CONDENSE - Inhumanity as a function of social...

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Inhumanity as a function of social distance - separation from victims makes cruelty easier - the perpetrator does not witness the outcome of his deeds Complicity after one's own act - it is hard for people to stop doing something once they started - like a bog : the more one acts the harder it is to get out - difFcult to draw a line between his own past actions and the next action. Admitting that the next step is wrong implies that the last step was wrong, and thus any attempt to do what is right means that you have already done something wrong. Bureaucratic Organization - the more rational is the organization of action, the easier it is to cause suffering - there is a ' shrinking probability ' that the moral oddity of an action will be discovered - this is because one's actions are ordered by one person and carried out by another and that the focus of action is on technical grounds Free ±oating responsibility - giving one the right to demand things of others, allows the subject to be free of moral responsibility - this shifts the responsibility from one person to another - when spread over a system, it becomes freestanding, where as each person can point to
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course RLG 220H1 taught by Professor Professornovak during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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