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Hannah Arendt Documentary — Enlightening but Incomplete


How is it that seemingly sane 20th century individuals, brought up in a supposedly civilized Western country, could come to epitomize pure evil?  Such, in part, is the question that the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt attempted to answer in her well-known 1963 book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.  Its subtitle caused her more grief than some of its controversial content, however. Although use of this term, “banality,” was not …

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