Arendt

Wed 6.11.14 | The Banality of Evil

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Penguin Classics

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World Yale U. Press

 

 

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As the political theorist Hannah Arendt watched the Nazi official Adolf Eichmann give testimony in front of the District Court of Jerusalem in 1961, she came up with a notion of evil that generated enormous controversy. Peter Burdon shares his understanding of what Arendt mean by "the banality of evil," and discusses the contemporary relevance of Arendt's ideas.

Mon 12.03.12| Political Fear

Corey Robin, Fear: The History of a Political Idea Oxford University Press, 2004

 

 

 

 

Fear dominates our society. Fear of crime, fear of the poor, fear of foreign terrorists, to which we might add fear of our government and fear of our bosses. For some liberal thinkers, fear serves a purpose. It's supposed to pull us all together so we can find some kind of social solidarity in an atomized, alienated world. Corey Robin discusses the problems with that notion and talks about the places where fear truly lurks in our society. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 8.17.11| Political Fear

Corey Robin, Fear: The History of a Political Idea Oxford U. Press, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

Fear dominates our society. Fear of crime, fear of the poor, fear of foreign terrorists, to which we might add fear of our government and fear of our bosses. For some liberal thinkers, fear serves a purpose. It's supposed to pull us all together so we can find some kind of social solidarity in an atomized, alienated world. Corey Robin discusses the problems with that notion and talks about the places where fear truly lurks in our society.

Tues 12.16.08| Cultural Turn to the Right?

Timothy Brennan, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right Columbia U. Press, 2007
Seen as radical to many of its adherents, the set of ideas often known as cultural theory, postmodernism, or poststructuralism have been reviled by conservatives as subversive and dangerous. Timothy Brennan argues, however, that these ostensibly left theories have actually fed into the ascendancy of the right.
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