2021 Abstracts Stage 3

An Exploration of Hannah Arendt’s thought on Evil

Benedict Rainford, 2021, Stage 3

Object and Territory:

The object I will be examining is banal evil in Hannah Arendt’s book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil.

I will explore banal evil in relation to its relevance to the modern day and the extent of its importance in revolutionising thought on evil

How – I am analysing Arendt’s thought on evil to gain an understanding of the characteristics involved in the phenomenon of the banality of evil

Why – I am exploring Arendt’s thought on evil in order to be able to apply it to our contemporary society

Main Thinkers and their works:

Hannah Arendt – Eichmann in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil and The Origins of Totalitarianism

Susan Neiman – “Banality Reconsidered”

María Lara – Narrating Evil

Richard Bernstein – “Are Arendt’s Reflections on Evil Still Relevant?”

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