PUBLIC TALK: Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil: the story of the twentieth century's most controversial philosophical idea
|Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil: the story of the twentieth century's most controversial philosophical idea
An Inquiring Minds lecture by Ned Curthoys, Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, UWA.
In this talk Ned Curthoys will discuss Hannah Arendt’s fascinating life and work with a particular focus on how she arrived at some of the more starting conclusions in 'Eichmann in Jerusalem' (1963), such as her seemingly audacious claim that Eichmann ‘didn’t know what he was doing’. He will suggest that despite Arendt’s own subsequent empirical defense of her claims, where she insisted that she was only remarking what she observed of Eichmann, there were various elements in her life history and philosophical approach that encouraged her to reach this epochal revaluation of the nature of evil. He will conclude by discussing the productive legacy of Arendt’s idea in contemporary literature and film.
Cost: Free, but RSVP required.
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