PHIL-517 Hannah Arendt
Fall for 2017-2018
Hannah Arendt was one of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential political philosophers. But her philosophical contributions included moral psychology and ethics, as well as legal and constitutional theory, philosophy of history, and the analysis of violence and power. In ethics she developed a view akin to contemporary particularism, and her moral psychology produced the famous (and much-misunderstood) concept of the "banality of evil." In law she had important ideas about international tribunals, criminal responsibility, civil disobedience, statelessness, and constitutionalism. We will also take a sidelong glance at Arendt in connection with the philosophers who most influenced her (Augustine, Kant, Heidegger). Readings will be drawn from Eichmann in Jerusalem, The Human Condition, and portions of several other books (Between Past and Future, On Revolution, Men in Dark Times, Crises of the Republic, her Kant lectures); the important essays "Thinking and Moral Considerations" and "Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility"; excerpts from her correspondences with Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, and Gershom Scholem; and related philosophical material by other authors.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair.
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