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The Nature of Evil in Hannah Arendt's Philosophy Die Natur des Bösen in der Denkweise von Hannah Arendt

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The topic of evil has a central place in Hannah Arendt's thinking as it lies at the core of all her trains of thought. We analyze the ,,nature of evil" in Hannah Arendt's philosophy through the study of her work and of her life experience, especially when she covered the trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem where she pointed out that Eichmann represented ,,the banality of evil". Our goal in this contribution is to understand whether the philosophy of Voltaire could have influenced Arendt's conception of evil, why it arises, why it persists throughout history, and whether it can be destroyed.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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  • Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, edited by authorisation of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), is an international, peer-reviewed journal, first published in 1907. It features original articles on philosophical research on legal and social questions, covering all aspects of social and legal life.
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