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Unlearning with Hannah Arendt
Author: Marie Luise Knott

ISBN: 9781783781133
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 26 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5
Description:
A fascinating and intensely readable examination of Hannah Arendt's life and philosophy, focusing in particular on the controversy caused by her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

After observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt formulated her controversial concept of the 'banality of evil' and asked the question: how can seemingly normal people carry out genocidal acts? She found her answer by focusing on the machinery of Nazi genocide and the organizational capacity of the victims: the Jewish Councils drawing up lists for deportation. The latter proved hugely controversial when the book was first published in serial form in the New Yorker. Anchoring its discussion in the themes of laughter, translation, forgiveness, and dramatization, this book explores how the iconic political theorist 'unlearned' trends and patterns to establish her own theoretical praxis.

About the Authors

Marie Luise Knott is a journalist, translator, and author living in Berlin. She is the founder of the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique and was its e...

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