‘Banality’ of Good and Structural Sin

  • Vojtěch Mašek


Following the book of the American social psychologist Philip Zimbardo The Lucifer Effect (2007), the study explores his main idea that human character can be easily corrupted by force of ´total situations and social systems´ and that ´banal´ good and ´banal´ evil are closely interlinked. Zimbardo´s position is confronted by the catholic teaching about the ´structural sin´ and by a broader reflection into the phenomenon of the structural sin in general, modern and postmodern contexts. The idea of the structural sin is developed into a broader hermeneutically interpreted category of a historically situated destructive personal movement on the boundary of personal and mediated social relationships.

Author Biography

Vojtěch Mašek
odborný asistent v oboru sociální etiky na KTF UK v Praze
How to Cite
MAŠEK, Vojtěch. ‘Banality’ of Good and Structural Sin. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 172–196, june 2016. ISSN 2336-3398. Available at: <http://theologica.cz/index.php/theologica/article/view/151>. Date accessed: 19 jan. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.14712/23363398.2016.9.


Good and evil; personal responsibility and power of social situations; personal-structural sin; social alienation and mediation; freedom and idolatry of structures; everyday heroism