Urteilen in dunklen Zeiten : eine neue Lesart von Hannah Arendts "Banalität des Bösen" (Book, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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Urteilen in dunklen Zeiten : eine neue Lesart von Hannah Arendts "Banalität des Bösen"

Author: Christian Volk
Publisher: Berlin : Lukas, 2005.
Dissertation: master's RWTH, Aachen 2004
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : German : Erstausg., 1. AuflView all editions and formats
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Ch. 1 (p. 17-59) draws a profile of Eichmann as Arendt saw him. He carried certain negative elements of modernity to an extreme: dissociation from reality, lack of an inner self, absolute loyalty to duty, and lack of a sense of responsibility for his actions. He needed to be part of an organization that gave him direction and "ideals"; thus when he joined the Nazi Party, he exchanged Kant's categorical imperative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Adolf Eichmann; Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Volk
ISBN: 3936872546 9783936872545
OCLC Number: 61882022
Description: 151 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Christian Volk.

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Ch. 1 (p. 17-59) draws a profile of Eichmann as Arendt saw him. He carried certain negative elements of modernity to an extreme: dissociation from reality, lack of an inner self, absolute loyalty to duty, and lack of a sense of responsibility for his actions. He needed to be part of an organization that gave him direction and "ideals"; thus when he joined the Nazi Party, he exchanged Kant's categorical imperative for the will of the Führer. These qualities enabled him to organize the logistics of the Holocaust without, as he claimed, being antisemitic. Argues that Arendt did not see his "banality" (his similarity to so many others in modern society) as an excuse for his actions: Eichmann was personally responsible. He failed to think and to use his own judgment, and so he did evil and had to be executed. The rest of the book discusses the theoretical basis of Arendt's understanding of Eichmann as contained in her previous works and as it affected her later works.

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