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The Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History

Hannah Arendt Lecture Series: Hannah Arendt: Thought Defying Evil


April 20, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

The Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History

Hannah Arendt Lecture Series: Hannah Arendt: Thought Defying Evil


April 20, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
April 20, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

In 1946 Hannah Arendt and Karl Jaspers corresponded about the nature of evil and German guilt. The seeds of Arendt’s thinking about evil can be traced back to their exchange. Bernstein critically examines Arendt’s understanding of radical evil in The Origins of Totalitarianism and its relation the banality of evil in Eichmann in Jerusalem. He also relates Arendt discussion of evil to Primo Levi’s reflections on evil.

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