DATE & TIME
Thursday 22th November 2018
7:00 pm : Welcome drinks
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm : Talk + Q&A
9:00 pm : Signing session
At the Brown’s Hotel, in Mayfair
DR DANIEL ZAGURY
Daniel Zagury is a well-known forensic psychiatrist of the hospitals, expert at the Appeals Court in Paris. Since 25 years, he has been brought to give evidence in multiple trials involving serial killers, authors of crimes of passion, actors of genocide and more recently jihadists and terrorists. He devotes a book to question what the philosopher Hannah Arendt has so well defined as “The Banality of evil”.
How can a husband inflict a hundred knife wounds on the wife he loves? How does a respectable man participate in the most horrific crime against humanity? Or a young mother kill her new-born child? In his book, Daniel Zagury studies the most barbaric acts committed by the most ordinary people, inciting the incredulity of their entourage and condemnation as “monsters” by public opinion.
The fruit of Daniel Zagury’s research obliges us to admit the terrifying banality of the culprits’ personalities. He then poses the question of how such ordinary citizens can commit such acts; how these men and women so like ourselves topple into violence or extreme perversity? The psychiatrist, an expert in his field, elucidates the mechanisms and the “transformation processes” at work in the personality of the future prosecutor, which explains the murderous frenzy and the gradual abandon of thought that attends it.
Daniel Zagury explains how, in acts of barbarism, the ultimate moral and emotional obstacles are repressed to permit the unthinkable.