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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 4, 1975) was a German American political theorist.

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Read Foucault. Read Hannah Arendt. Read Bruno Bettelheim. Then you'll understand how even Democratic societies are capable of (cont)
"Forgiveness is the key to action and Arendt
Hannah Arendt was not popular in Israel after those articles for the New Yorker
My review of the Hannah Arendt biopic by Margarethe von Trotta:
Loved rewatching "Hannah Arendt" last night. Friend that I watched it with wished there was more about her personal life.Recommend me a bio?
refers to Hannah Arendt and her Eichmann speech. Moral judgements essential to
"The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up." ― Hannah Arendt
Good works, because they must be forgotten instantly, can never become part of the world; they come and go, leaving no trace. —Hannah Arendt
"Violence can destroy power; it is utterly incapable of creating it." Hannah
You know, not to get historical, but Hannah Arendt noted it was not the military but the police force the Nazis used to gain control.
Hannah Arendt and the political difference between "I AM A MAN" and "I AM A YOUNG BLACK MAN"
Hannah Arendt on the US and revolution
On page 50 of 312 of Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt
A friend & I had planned on watching "Hannah Arendt" tonight. I've seen it b4 & loved it.Feels v apropos to remember the "banality of evil."
To think and to be fully alive are the same.- Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt wrote about the banality of evil. Here we see it live today.
Hannah Arendt, a Jew:I love only my friends and am incapable of any other sort of love (like for the Jews).|Me, too.
"... as the highest principle of all being, simply does not know what it is talking about." Hannah Arendt
"Totalitarian domination, like tyranny, bears the germs of its own destruction.". Hannah Arendt - The Origins of Totalitarianism (p. 478)
“The third world is not a reality, but an ideology.” . ―Hannah Arendt
Today - Hannah Arendt - 'The Origins of Totalitarianism'. And Sontag's 'Where The Stress Falls'. I have to read more.
Edward Snowden: “the banality of evil”—a reference to Hannah Arendt’s study of bureaucrats in Nazi Germany.
as well as Hannah Arendt's work on violence, power, and terror
Everything in reads like distinct quotes off an unreleased George Orwell/Hannah Arendt novel.Unbelievable but very much a reality.
Just imagine that an elderly Hannah Arendt had a love child with Pauly Shore and you basically know who I am.
4 of 5 stars to Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
I get more of a Hannah Arendt feel. Forget supervillains, evil is mostly banal.
Anyone interested in Journalism or History should read "Eichmann in Jerusalem" by Hannah Arendt. Stunning, disturbing reporting
Hannah Arendt wrote about the banality of evil. So, so true. It's like there are more bodies than souls these days.
reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." --Hannah Arendt
Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt in 1948 call for denial of US visa for "fascist" Menachem Begin
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Hannah Arendt: "a Jewish state can only be erected at the price of the Jewish homeland" (via
Palestine can be saved as the national homeland of Jews only if it is integrated into a federation. ― Hannah Arendt
4 of 5 stars to The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
...it manifests what Hannah Arendt termed the “banality of evil”."
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. Hannah Arendt
In trying to tackle the unread books on my bookshelves, I find they are underrepresented by women. I can identify: Anne Rice, Andrea Dworkin, Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austin, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Kate Chopin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Daphne Du Maurier, Pauline Reage, Anais Nin, Carson Mccullers, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, S.E. Hinton, Frances Hodges Burnett, Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Shelley and Hannah Arendt. It's not a bad list but male authors outnumber them, probably 10 to 1. The real troubling part is that whilst I own books by female authors, I've had a lot less success in finishing their work than I have with male authors. I hadn't *intended* my reading to be overtly sexist, but it has been, and I only realised that when I actually sat down and took a look.
HITLER WAS ONE OF THESE. The Jews of Germany"), are a Jewish ethnic division, which coalesced in the Holy Roman Empire around the turn of the first millennium.[12] The traditional language of Ashkenazi Jews consisted of various dialects of Yiddish. They established communities throughout Central and Eastern Europe, which had been their primary region of concentration and residence until recent times, evolving their own distinctive characteristics and diasporic identities.[13] Once emancipated, weaving Jewish creativity into the texture of European life (Hannah Arendt),[14] the Ashkenazi made a 'quite disproportionate and remarkable contribution to humanity' (Eric Hobsbawm[15]), and to European culture in all fields of endeavour: philosophy, scholarship, literature, art, music and science.[16][17] The genocidal impact of the the Holocaust, the mass murder of approximately six million Jews during World War II devastated the Ashkenazi and their Yiddish culture, affecting almost every Jewish family.
Tonight I went to see a play about the imagined sex lives of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno and his wife Gretel, Hannah Arendt and even Martin Heidegger written by the inventor of the birth control pill.
In case you're thinking about classes for next year: Chris Cohoon and Ron Haflidson will be teaching a course cross-listed as History, Political Science and German entitled "Confronting Fascism" in the Winter semester on Wednesdays 5.30 to 8.30pm. Likely topics will include degenerate art, fascist propaganda film, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas. King's students are strongly encouraged to take it!
The last interview of Hannah Arendt and Jorge Luis Borges.
Richard Bernstein comments on the film "Hannah Arendt".
Jean-Luc Godard delivers a monologue from Hannah Arendt's "The Nature of Totalitarianism."
Trying to find decent German-language movies on (streaming) Netflix. Let's see... Hitler, Hitler, Third Reich, Hitler, Hannah Arendt, Nazis, Das Boot and documentaries like this one: "This documentary explores life along the River Yenisei in Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land." Light entertainment few and far between.
Martin Heidegger had an affair with his student, Hannah Arendt.
Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realised. "Praxis" may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas. This has been a recurrent topic in the field of philosophy, discussed in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Paulo Freire, Ludwig von Mises, and many others. It has meaning in the political, educational, and spiritual realms.
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Have just seen Hannah Arendt and was disappointed . I agree with Richard Brody's assessment in the New Yorker:
If you are interested in direct democracy, here are some proper nouns for you: Things: Metagovernment, National Citizens' Initiative for Democracy (NCID), Liquid Democracy People: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alois von Reding, Hannah Arendt, Murray Bookchin (and Rothbard), the Zapatistas (EZLN), Ross Perot, Brian Beedham, Richard Stallman, Gerald Celente Places: Switzerland, Chiapas (Mexico)
I am very sad to hear that Jonathan Schell has died. One of the most humane and radical journalists I have ever met, Jonathan uniquely combined an unremitting examination of political cruelty, corruption and authoritarian abuse with a deep and abiding faith in nonviolent social change. His reportage on Vietnam is still some of the most closely observed war journalism; his Fate of the Earth stands in comparison with Silent Spring for its role in propelling the nuclear freeze movement; his ruminations on Gandhi, Hannah Arendt and the state of democracy seem ever more prescient. Jonathan was also - for someone who had seen much atrocity and contemplated much more - a person of remarkable kindness.
The Banality of Evil... When carnage is reduced to numbers and development to just economic growth, real human beings and their tragedies remain forgotten. German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt gave the world the phrase, “the banality of evil”. In 1963, she published the book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, her account of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi military officer and one of the key figures of the Holocaust. Eichmann was hanged to death for war crimes. Arendt’s fundamental thesis is that ghastly crimes like the Holocaust are not necessarily committed by psychopaths and sadists, but, often, by normal, sane and ordinary human beings who perform their tasks with a bureaucratic diligence. Maya Kodnani, MLA from Naroda, handed out swords to the mobs that massacred 95 people in the Gujarat riots of 2002. She was sentenced to 28 years in prison. She is a gynecologist who ran a clinic, and was later appointed as Minister for Women and Child Development under Narendra M ...
To find published versions of some of the great work that has been presented to the SUNY Albany Political Theory Workshop, here is a list. Presenters: If you have an article or book to add to this list, please send it by email to tshanksApologies for any inadvertent omissions. Anker, Libby. Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom. Duke University Press, forthcoming 2014 Ferguson, Kathy. Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets . 20th Century Political Thinkers Series. Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. Frank, Jason. Publiusand Political Imagination. Modernity and Political Thought Series. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 Greiman, Jennifer. "Circles upon Circles: Tautology, Form, and the Shape of Democracy in Tocqueville and Melviile," J19: The Journal of Ninetheenth-century Americanists, 1.1 (Spring 2013): 121-46 Keating, Christine. Decolonizing Democracy: Transforming the Social Contract in India. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012 Marso, Lori. “Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: ...
Literary theorist and scholar Walter Benjamin was part of a small but incredibly significant cohort of German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis in the thirties. The group included thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, and Berthold Brecht.
Martin Heidegger’s Ghost Continues to Haunt the Zionists By Michael Hoffman Copyright©2014 Heidegger is a far more complex philosopher than the following hysterical screed from the Jewish Daily Forward (see below) lets on. Most subversive of the profile in the Judaic publication is the fact that Heidegger was the disciple of the pro-Christian Judaic thinker Edmund Husserl; and Heidegger’s long-time lover was the Judaic author Hannah Arendt, whose book on Adolf Eichmann created a bitter controversy when she argued that the Nazi officer did not represent any special category of evil, a point that would be impossible for any major intellectual to make today, assuming they cared about their career and reputation. We disagree with Heidegger on certain points, including his derogatory attitude toward the Old Testament and his mistaken notion that the Ashkenazi and Sephardic peoples were of Semitic ethnicity, a staple fiction of the Nazi weltanschaung (it is more likely that it was the ten tribes of Israel ...
"Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." —Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898- August 14, 1956) Bertolt Brecht, acclaimed playwright and poet, was born today in 1898. He is remembered among the likes of Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, dissidents who wrote in exile because of the banning of books imposed by Nazi Germany. In 1941, Brecht was granted asylum in the U.S. after nearly a decade of fleeing Nazi occupation in Europe. He was later blacklisted by U.S. movie bosses and questioned under the House Un-American Activities Committee for his outspoken Marxist politics.
Day 2 5. Hannah Arendt and The Ground of Judgment Jonathan Chua Time: 9.30pm to 10.00pm Abstract: One of the central problems that Hannah Arendt tackles through her political philosophy is “the failure of standards in the modern world”, or, “the impossibility of judging anew what has happened and daily happens, on the basis of firm standards recognised by everyone.” The resulting relativism implies that our judgments of a phenomenon merely depend upon the standards that we happen to accept. However, this result poses a disturbing scenario: what is to prevent us from adhering to self-legitimising standards of judgment, no matter the moral gravity of the phenomenon being judged? To put it in another way, is it possible for us to judge events like the Holocaust as somehow being morally justified? Most importantly, by what right can we criticise such judgments if we lack any recourse to universal standards of validity? In her study of totalitarianism, Arendt accepts the possibility that the cultural s ...
New "game". Do a search of the best books of the year you were born. ( I found a list of 89 books from 1970). List the books you have read already, and the books you would like to, or will, read. I've read "Are you there god it's me Margaret" (Judy Blume), "Jonathen Livingston Seagull" (Richard Bach), "Fantastic Mr Fox" (Roald Dahl), "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (Dee Brown), "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (Maya Angelou), ""Mr Brown can Moo, Can you?" (Dr Seuss), "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (Eric Carle), and I'm sure there are probably more. There are a couple on the list that sound interesting "Constantanople: The Forgotten Empire" (Isaac Asinov) and "On Violence" (Hannah Arendt).
So Josef Mengele just had nothing better to do, ? The old Hannah Arendt banality thing ?
Watched "Hannah Arendt". Best movie I've seen in a long time and makes me want to go back to my 1990s work on Japanese war crimes/imperial atrocities.
"Man selects men on the basis of appearance." Charles Darwin "If you manage to appear before the others as you would like to be is all that may require you judges of this world. "Hannah Arendt "Always the same actors and even comedy of the human condition and what has ever invented human hypocrisy No truth under there that the death." Alfred de Musset
Note to (private and public) self: revise chapters on Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt.
"Little is known abut the mind of the perpetrator. Since he is contemptuous of those who seek to understand him, he does not volunteer to be studied. Since he does not perceive that anything is wrong with him, he does not seek help -- unless he is in trouble with the law. His most consistent feature...is his apparent normality. Ordinary concepts of psychopathology fail to define or comprehend him. This idea is deeply disturbing to most people. How much more comforting would it be if the perpetrator were easily recognizable, obviously deviant or disturbed. But he is not. The legal scholar Hannah Arendt created a scandal when she reported that Adolf Eichmann, a man who committed unfathomable crimes against humanity, had been certified by half a dozen psychiatrists as normal: 'The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions an ...
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Works of Hannah Arendt xxx The Origins of Totalitarianism: Arendt's first major book was titled The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), which traced the roots of Stalinist Communism and Nazism in both anti-Semitism and imperialism. The book was opposed by the Left on the grounds that it presented the two movements as equally tyrannical. She further contends that Jewry was not the operative factor in the Holocaust, but merely a convenient proxy. Totalitarianism in Germany was, in the end, about megalomania and consistency, not eradicating Jews. The Human Condition: Arguably her most influential work, The Human Condition (1958) distinguishes between the concepts of political and social, labor and work, various forms of action, and explores implications of those distinctions. Her theory of political action, corresponding to the existence of a public realm, is extensively developed in this work. Arendt argues that, while human life always evolves within societies, the social-being part of human nature, politic ...
‘Hannah Arendt,’ one of AO Scott's top picks. Anthony Lane liked it too. Need to see it.
Ten books, Sue? Just 10 in 50 years? Tough, but I'll try (and cheat by just using authors for all their works too)! 1. Farnsworth on Contracts; 2. Prosser on Torts: 3. Dr. Seuss; 4. Pippi Longstocking: 5. Shakespeare: 6. A Wrinkle in Time; 7.Hannah Arendt; 8. Anais Nin; 9. Martha Nussbaum, and 10. Carl Jung. I could do hundreds more, but this covers a lot of ground. Maybe I should switch Nietzsche for Pippi or is it the same thing kinda? :-)
Hannah Arendt: The most accurate movie about writers once Arendt snaps she's got to get back to work and lies down smoking on the daybed.
I'm on a real depressing audio book jag this winter: 1st, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick; 2nd, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson; 3rd - and I just checked this out of the library, Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt. Bright spot, Todd Kleismit loaned me Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History, by Andrew Carroll: 1/4 of the way in and really enjoying it as only the coordinator of a state historical markers program (me) can. Thanks, Todd.
Solid A on my paper concerning Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt's positions on violence during the French Algerian War. Thanksgiving, I am ready for you!
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. With Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch. A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Hannah Arendt on the Kennedy assassination. In of course.
In Matthew 4:9-10 the Devil offered Jesus fame and fortune if He'd bow and worship him. How does Jesus resist temptation and defeat the devil (evil)? He quoted the Scriptures. Ever looked at a situation playing out that drove you to ask "are these people up to something evil"? Or someone presents you with a story in which every fiber in your body chooses to deny because, "that could never happen because it sounds so evil, no one would, or could ever do that". Even when another side of you says, this may be true. Half a century ago, Holocaust perpetrator Adolph Eichmann was on trial. The prosecutor called him “a new kind of killer, the kind that exercises his bloody craft behind a desk.” Reporting on the trial, Hannah Arendt drew a different conclusion. She argued that Eichmann was a plain bureaucrat, seeing himself as “a law-abiding citizen” who “did his duty” and “obeyed orders.” She called it “the banality of evil.” Based on this study, psychologists seemingly have proven, “if y .. ...
LAMPEDUSA HAMBURG in the Australien Newspaper. Africans and their supporters demonstrating in St Pauli on 25 October.HamburgNewsON 25 OCTOBER, St Pauli Football Club played in front of a home crowd at Hamburg’s Millerntor stadium. The team was fifth on the ladder, and its fans were probably dreaming of promotion to the Bundesliga, the top German league, which St Pauli has joined only once in the past ten years. Almost 28,000 attended that Friday night match to watch their team take on lowly ranked SV Sandhausen. After ninety minutes, though, St Pauli could probably count itself lucky that the game ended in a nil-all draw.If it hadn’t been for what happened next, the evening would have quickly been forgotten. Thousands gathered outside the southern stand wielding placards and banners, some of which had already been unfurled during the game. From the stadium they marched to St Pauli, the church that gave the suburb – and hence the football club – its name. The demonstrators leading the march carried ...
Not to be missed: Hannah Arendt Excellent new film that will have you thinking & debating all week
HANNAH ARENDT screening tomorrow, 4.30 and 7.30pm. Read up on the film and watch the trailer here:
opens today - check out their site for the program. Our picks: Hannah Arendt and The Last of the Unjust
What is Politics? - A conference on Hannah Arendtat Villa Aurora & Skirball Cultural Center
'The practice of violence changes the world, but the most probable change is a more violent world'. Hannah Arendt
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I rated 'Hannah Arendt' 3 out of 5 stars ▶
Hannah Arendt is back at the Kingsway Theatre - Starts Friday - Daily: 5:55 pm...
Arendt discusses Vietnam, methods of statehood and national violence in the current era, it's remarkable.
Anyone opposing MOOCs, for whatever reason, will want to read this.
The book is in stores next month but you should pre-order it now. It's a marvel.
I want, for a moment, to be entirely too sincere about The Last Interview and Other Conversations with Hannah Arendt.
This year, the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) will screen the German movie Hannah Arendt by German director Margarethe von Trotta.
Power is actualized only when word and deed have not parted company. ~Hannah Arendt
Due Process: Law at the Movies Presents: Hannah Arendt, November 6th, 2013, 6-9pm
Upcoming Event: Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem: The Banality of Evil and the Politics of Responsibility... Tuesday,...
“There are many great authors of the past who have survived centuries of oblivion and neglect, but it is still an open question whether they will be able to survive an entertaining version of what they have to say.” Hannah Arendt
The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt.
something Hannah arendt forcefully reminds us
On page 44 of 568 of Hannah Arendt, by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
My gratitude? I am grateful for the teachers I've had: Plotinus, who died almost two millenia ago, but who illuminated a path of meditation and contemplation that I and others have walked; Coleridge, who taught me that you can read lots of books but still be rock 'n roll; Heidegger for his seductive chicanery and the way he changed my life; professors like Sheila O'Brien whose model of humanity and scholarship gave me hope in the world and showed me you can be both caring and diligent; and, above all others, Hannah Arendt, whose lifelong project was to bring illumination to "men in dark times" and, for me at least, to model the Life of the Mind informed by a love for the world and the people in it. Arendt wrote, "There is such a thing as a basic gratitude for everything that is as it is; for what has been given and not made" -- and on days when I do not have a mantra for meditation, I keep my eyes open and look at the objects in the world and think about creation, the given, what I have accepted and what ...
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Full house for HANNAH ARENDT last night! Thanks for coming to see it! And thank you for the sponsors: Williams...
Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt by Andreas Kalyvas (2008)
A must read piece on Arendt and REBEL DAUGHTER: Hannah on and Politics
On the flight overseas, double-bill viewing of THE HEAT and HANNAH ARENDT. Like peanut butter and chocolate!
05.11.2013. A Revisiting of Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism - by Dr. Emanuel...
Hannah Arendt said, " Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival." Something to think about.
If you're looking for a beautiful film, you must watch Hannah Arendt
The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. ~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963
Saw Hannah Arendt tonight for the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. Really good film, highly recommend!
A time machine to the 20th century: trans-Atlantic travel on a plane whose in-flight entertainment includes both "Hannah Arendt" and "Jobs."
"Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight." -Hannah Arendt
Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt film is maladroit stuff, I suppose, but it made for an enjoyable inflight movie.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. . Hannah Arendt
The doing of great deeds and the speaking of great words will leave no trace, no product that might endure after the moment of action and the spoken word has passed. If the animal laborans needs the help of the *** faber to ease his labor and remove his pain, and if mortals need his help to erect a home on earth, acting and speaking men need the help of the *** faber in his highest capacity, that is the help of artist ... because without them the only product of their activity, the story they enact and tell, would not survive at all. -Hannah Arendt
On page 170 of 527 of The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt
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4 of 5 stars to Eichmann and the Holocaust by Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt a truly remarkable film. It has lit the flame, now I have to research in earnest.
Guys, seriously, Hannah Arendt is one of my favorite ladies of history. I can totally nerd out on her writing,...
'Hannah Arendt' film coming up Nov 8 - 14 at
The more a man is free of all prejudice, the less he is adapted to a purely social life. - Hannah
Three worthwhile films out now. 'Blue Jasmine', 'Hannah Arendt', 'Philomena' All are full of important ideas.
"Hannah Arendt" screening served a full house at the extravagant theater. The film was probs made 4 niche market of diehard New Yorker fans.
On page 18 of 254 of Love and Saint Augustine, by Hannah Arendt
"Hannah Arendt", Margarethe von Trotta's new biopic about one of Yaddo's most intriguing earlier guest artists, is playing tonight and Sunday at the Saratoga Film Forum. The movie centers on Arendt's coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial, which became her landmark book "Eichmann in Jersusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" (1963). Reviewers have called it an interesting film about ideas and how explosive they can be...
Sado question: does anyone want to see Hannah Arendt with me at the cinema..? Amazing political theorist who wrote about Adolf Eichmann on trial and the banality of evil... Laura Bates, I wish we lived in the same city. You dig Hannah, right..? Jennifer Tennant, Sophie Rogers, Sharon Sloam, Jeff Harris, Joel Clarke-Davey, Andy Silke and other Brum politics alumni - you all know where I am (alone and so so cold).
Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard: pedagogy in the consumer society. Trevor Norris explores the contribution of Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard to our appreciation of the consumer society and e...
Fifth Annual Conference on Public Intellectuals Harvard University, April 11-12, 2014 CFP Deadline: December 1, 2013 Call for Papers: "Public Intellectuals and Power: In and Out of Academe" Since the 1950s, writers and thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Thomas Bender, Noam Chomsky, Kenneth Clark, bell hooks, Irving Howe, Russell Jacoby, Toni Morrison, Richard Posner, Ayn Rand, Bertrand Russell, Edward Said, Jean-Paul Sartre, Thomas Sowell, and Cornel West have debated the meaning and purpose of public intellectuals. Many have openly criticized what they call the increasing corporatization of academic work within the academy. Increasing specialization and the narrowing of disciplines, some argue, have led to a growing paucity of radical ideas and true critical alternatives while fostering a growing obsession with a mass-media-infused culture. Others on the ideological right maintain that leftist public intellectuals do not pay enough attention to supposed practical needs or market forces and are too prote ...
Most unfortunately misspoke the following: "In her essay on the Nuremberg trials Hannah Arendt coined the phrase, 'The banality of email'"
re-reading Hannah Arendt'sOrigins of Totalitarianism. on point anti-lgbtq in Russia echoes antisemitism laws, raced laws...
Jean Bethke Elshtain, 1941-2013. She introduced me to Hannah Arendt and enlarged my appreciation of Albert Camus.
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Hannah Arendt at quad cinema. Brilliant. Go see it! Now to celebrate Mary with Mr. Lisby at St. Mary's.
Is HANNAH ARENDT awards eligible this year? If so, how is Barbara Sukowa not a Best Actress contender?
Enjoying the holiday. Everybody deserves a break! (@ Usiminas Belas Artes for Hannah Arendt) [pic]:
have you seen the Hannah Arendt film? I was glad to have seen it, but poor Ms. Sukowa smoked down at least 25 cigarettes on camera.
So many movies to see... Hannah Arendt, new Nicole Holofcener, Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche... yay movies.
It is far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than to think. - Hannah Arendt
Last night I went to a club to watch a film about Hannah Arendt and ended up dancing cinematically at Berghain Kantine.
"Political violence is far less aimed at injustice than it is at hypocrisy." - Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt: Banality of evil revisited More good work by A budding journalist to watch.
"There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous, but nihilism is not its product." --Hannah
My latest article on the new Hannah Arendt film:
problem is my source author, Hannah Arendt, uses footnotes which take up the entire page. Advisor gets rather frustrated
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution. Hannah Arendt
“The Banality of Evil” Hannah Arendt’s Original Articles in the New Yorker Archive . via
Do read totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt. Its against the totalalitarinism of Stalinists and d Nazis
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" Truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other" (Hannah Arendt, 1906-75)
I recommend u must read Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt. NaMo like characters are in abundance in History. They have same time line
Hannah Arendt- banality of evil, pariah and parvenu; Ouch
"On thinking while smoking cigarettes" MT on Hannah Arendt and “the banality of biopics” in
We’ve all heard the phrase “the banality of evil.” Some of us even know which political theorist to attribute i...
Only good can be profound and radical. Evil is only extreme and overwhelmingly banal: Hannah Arendt.
Hannah Arendt and the Winter Olympics?! Read why the philosopher is mentioned in this letter to David Cameron.
Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out. by Larry D. Mass
Okay I guess I can afford "War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford. by Hannah Arendt
"The greatest enemy of authority...is contempt, and the surest way to undermine it is laughter." . --Hannah Arendt, 'On Violence' (45)
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom ~ hannah arendt
Loved "Hannah Arendt"-- even if it highlighted the scarcity of films about intelligent, morally-complex women. Wake up Hollywood, etc
"The Act of Killing" would make quite the double bill with "Hannah Arendt." Banality of evil for days and days.
Hannah Arendt, controversy over the Eichmann trial. Banality of evil, extreme evil, radical evil. Fascinating portrait.
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I rated Hannah Arendt 8/10 Great meditation on the problem of Evil.
Get to know HANNAH ARENDT filmmaker Margarethe Von Trotta in this interview with
I finally saw that Hannah Arendt movie. And I liked it.
Check out awesome review of HANNAH ARENDT! Opening in SF on August 2 at the Opera Plaza Cinema!
Hannah Arendt's, "the banality of evil" is appropriate here. One little man fronting for a monstrous regime like a clerk.
"..Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance." Hannah Arendt.
Saw the film Hannah Arendt. It did a good job of showing the personal toll that was felt by one of the most profound thinkers of the century
I feel like I already read this in weber last week: arendt, reflections on violence | nyrb
That's right folks, after Hannah Arendt the movie, now John Rawls the musical. Don't tell me poli theory is trendy!
The *only* reason why I include Heidegger is because of Hannah Arendt. As an Arendtian their historical relationship matters.
"Without being bound to the fulfillment of promises, we would never be able to keep our identities." -Hannah Arendt
Other 4 are: No by Pablo Larraín, Mud by Jeff Nichols, Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta and Quartet by Dustin Hoffman
Hannah Arendt is a must-see film, they get this complex figure just right. Original footage of trial & sexism that ensues from her article.
Ephemera from the library of Hannah A publisher’s postcard found between pages 94-95 of Cezanne: Briefe.
Action without a name, a 'who' attached to it, is meaningless. ~Hannah Arendt
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That's the question that animates the first essay in Hannah Arendt's BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE.
So, Hannah Arendt has to wear a yellow crocheted bikini or the next 24 hours? Who will translate Heidegger for a popular audience now?
Letter from a Young Giorgio to The plight of *** sacer resembles that o…
I can't tell whether or not I would've gotten along with Hannah Arendt.
Don't miss the new Hannah Arendt movie either.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them – Hannah Arendt
Essential reading for abused thinkers, writers: "Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics'' edited by …
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Finally saw the Hannah Arendt movie. Just seeing a woman intellectual lead was like being in some crazy alternate univer…
I saw "Hannah Arendt" at the Quad - right next to the New School. I taught there as an adjunct for a semester in 2009.
you know who Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, and Jane Austen are - or if you'll let me tell you why they matter to me.
A great feminist filmmaker is back with a depiction of the polarizing WWII intellectual Hannah Arendt (opens Friday)
Hannah Arendt in Eicheman in Jerussalem about (Construtivism, Philosophy and Politic).
"Hannah Arendt and the Catastrophes of the 20th Century - FrontPage Magazine"
"Let's have a chill hang sesh, bro" - a text I just sent to a distinguished scholar who specializes in the works of Hannah Arendt
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The Hannah Arendt movie was great. I can't wait for the 2013 Nina Simone film!
A clip from Hannah Arendt -. Powerful & nuanced performance by actress Barbara Sukowa.
This film on Hannah Arendt makes you think & all Arendt wanted to learn is how to think. This film is worth watching.
Aw! Letter from a Young Giorgio Agamben to Hannah Arendt -
"Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse." - Hannah Arendt
Just saw the release HANNAH ARENDT. Hard to believe it shares a universe, let alone theater or weekend, with GROWN UPS 2.
I was the youngest person in the theater for Hannah Arendt. It turned out like that greenfield on book TV in may talking about evil
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. ~Hannah Arendt
Saw Hannah Arendt last night and then felt weird about having a book called "Don't make me think" on my shelf.
I'm still haunted by the smug triumphalism of the Zim defense lawyers last night. Hannah Arendt would call it the banalit…
A little late night to help you sleep...or get your mind racing!
Today, in my blog on cinema, I write about “Hannah Arendt" and “La migliore offerta", last Giuseppe Tornatore’s film
Thanks / for recommending my piece on Hannah Arendt! (+ some wooziness in the comments)
These pairings are courtesy of my friend Steve Silver. Today's selection: Hannah Arendt & Harold Bloom
Hartford Courant post mentions Hannah Arendt and is creating some buzz today. http:…
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A German Film Day will be held on July 9 in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, Tbilisi and the German Embassy in Armenia. The most significant oeuvre screened will be Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta who will be awarded a ‘Parajanov’s Thaler’ for Lifetime Achievement in the world cinema. The short film competition program will feature Dva by Mickey Nedimovic, Rhino Full Throttle by Erik Schmitt, The Swing of the Cof fin Maker by Elmar Imanov (all German productions). Furthermore the film Ararat by Engin Kundag (German-Turkish co-production) and The Girl From Gori by Eka Papiashvili (German-Georgian co-production) will run in the ‘Apricot Stone’ short film competition section. It is also essential to note that the Goethe Institute has supported the participation of a number of German producers at the Directors Across Borders 7th Regional Co-production Forum which may give the emergent filmmakers from the region the opportunity to get the industry professionals’ consultancy of film pro ...
Here is my note of Von Trotte's Arendt film read as a filmic essay on the limits of the grounds of thought.
This is an interesting account of the relevance of Arendt's work for current race relations in the US. .
Worth rereading. Hannah Arendt on Violence. It was about MAD.
... into the unquestioning commitment of action." Hannah Arendt, in the preface to Between Past and Future
“Puts into words all I have felt about Deen's supporters & the South
Excellent, very readable and long-overdue critique of Hannah Arendt in Standpoint Magazine by Margot Lurie:
The political theorist Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) contributed over twenty articles, reviews, and letters to The New York Review between 1963 and her death twelve years later. The following is an extract from “Reflections on Violence,” published in the February 27, 1969, issue. It may be read in full…
I just saw a movie that truly impressed me: Hannah Arendt. It's about the German-American political philosopher, who though a Jew, ended up defending Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer primarily responsible for the Final Solution. Her point was that in a totalitarian social structure, individuals give up aspects of their humanity, such as their ability to consider basic ethical concepts like right and wrong, in order to achieve another basic aspect of humanity - ability to survive or, maybe, even thrive. Go see it. It's uplifting.
Thoughtful but plodding ‘Hannah Arendt’: The phrase “banality of evil” has been so abused over the years that ...
Hannah Arendt: “Revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning.”
Equality...is the result of human organization. We are not born equal -- Hannah Arendt
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Being at the trial reminded me of Hannah and the banality of evil. Beate looks so often like a lost child.
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“No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.”--Hannah Arendt
I can see Hollywood remaking this film, with Melissa McCarthy as Arendt and Sandra Bullock as William Shawn.
The Hannah Arendt film attest to the the limits of Arendt's thinking, which was thinking as the ground that remains unthought, outside.
After seeing the excellent film, "Hannah Arendt" last night, on our drive home we noted a bunch of people on blankets. Figured Glendale must be doing fireworks, so we quickly pulled over and grabbed a spot for their wonderful show. Glad to be an American, and happy 4th of July to everyone. Love life's little fortuities!
"I doubt if one ever accepts a belief until one urgently needs it." — Hannah Arendt
Answering your plea for good articles: Hannah Arendt reflects on violence.
The Psychology is simple: If you have a gun, you are afraid. If you have many guns, you are ruled by fear. If you refuse to buy fewer weapons, you replace the space where the Policy was made by the Wasteland (see Hannah Arendt). If you would rather die than let you buy and stockpile guns, you will have a miserable and lonely life. And in the end the fear will make you commit suicide. No one will mourn USA suicide.
And we know, or should know, that every decrease of power is an open invitation to violence—if only because those who hold power and feel it slipping from their hands have always found it difficult to resist the temptation of substituting violence for it.- Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt and the Origins of Israelophobia by Sol Stern, City Journal Winter 2012
4 July 1974 Death of Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who fled Palestine after the Arab revolt and during the war was resident in Berlin. He helped raise Moslem forces for the SS such as those from Bosnia and Azerbaijan. There is a rumour that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem visited Auschwitz. This story comes from Rudolf Kastner who reported after the war that Dieter Wisleny told him that he had heard that he had visited Auschwitz with Eichmann. Eichmann denied this and Hannah Arendt wrote in her book that the only thing Eichmann's trial showed about this event was that it did not happen.
Hannah Arendt is pretty ok about some stuff but her concept of post-metaphysical rights is crazier than a bag of cats in heat.
I can't do "Hannah Arendt" justice, but I should say that I found it resonated with me in many dimensions: her rejection of political tribalism in the deathbed scene with her friend Kurt Blumenfeld (which in turn causes him to reject her) is especially poignant. The film's Everest comes in the classroom scene in which she defends her New Yorker articles. It is an unexpected dramatic masterpiece, explaining -- despite hostility bred from misunderstanding -- how such a mediocrity as Adolf Eichmann could possibly be such a monster.
I knew I should have chosen Hannah Arendt.
"Many still don't acknowledge that any society founded on bondage of one's fellow man is rotten at its core":
Hannah Arendt was perhaps the first to write coherently about the trouble communities have in seeing the world as being something other than what they have been conditioned to see — without any kind of cultural empathy. Such empathy is pretty absent among the supporters of Paula Deen.
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Interviews Bard prof. on founding of new Hannah Arendt film:
"Three things: 1) Thank you for reading both the reviews, and the commentary comparing Hannah Arendt and…" — wise42
"Forgiveness is the key to action and -Hannah Arendt
"Politically speaking...power & violence are opposites; where one rules absolutely, the other is absent." - Hannah Arendt
Reading about Egypt reminds me how much we all need to read Hannah Arendt "On Revolution"
Today I saw the excellent movie Hannah Arendt and am now reconsidering my concept of "evil."
A large number of Egyptians do not share the Morsi and Islamic Brotherhood's vision of an Islamic state as they did not want Maburak's autocratic government. It is to be hoped that find their way to a truly representative secular democracy. Whatever happens the Challenge for the West will be to deal with Egypt generously and prudently. In the words of Hannah Arendt, Author ( The 20th. Century ) " The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade. "
Revolutionary waveFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search A revolutionary wave is a series of revolutions occurring in various locations in a similar time period. In many cases, past revolutions and revolutionary waves may inspire current ones, or an initial revolution inspires other concurrent "affiliate revolutions" with similar aims.[1][2] Historians and political philosophers have studied the causes of revolutionary waves, including Robert Roswell Palmer, Crane Brinton, Hannah Arendt, Eric Hoffer and Jacques Godechot.[3] The concept is important to Marxists, who see revolutionary waves as evidence that a world revolution is possible. For Rosa Luxemburg, "The most precious thing...in the sharp ebb and flow of the revolutionary waves is the proletariat's spiritual growth. The advance by leaps and bounds of the intellectual stature of the proletariat affords an inviolable guarantee of its further progress in the inevitable economic and political struggles ahead."[4] However, the ...
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The establishment of a totalitarian regime would not be possible without the contribution of narrow minded petty intellectuals .These intellectuals serve in pratice the very same regime, they claim to fight against. [Hannah Arendt]
“The concentration camps, by making death itself anonymous (making it impossible to find out whether a prisoner is dead or alive), robbed death of its meaning as the end of a fulfilled life. In a sense they took away the individual’s own death, proving that henceforth nothing belonged to him and he belonged to no one. His death merely set a seal on the fact that he had never existed.” ― Hannah Arendt
“When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing. ” ― Hannah Arendt
For the crime of trying to understand Nazi behavior and raising uncomfortable questions about how to cope with evil, the political theorist Hannah Arendt became a pariah among her fellow Jews.
“Hannah Arendt”, unfortunately, doesn’t do its title character justice. Instead of giving small gestures and daily labors grand scope, the film diminishes them with hagiography and a tone-deaf attempt to depict quotidian life in a grand sentimental mode.
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Sectarianism is a manifestation of modern power politics, not of age-old religious hatreds.
Great quote from Hannah Arendt about storytelling
How poo became a political issue – STEVEN ROBINS By STEVEN ROBINS 3 July 2013 In the English summer of 1858 the city of London came to a standstill when Londoners refused to leave their homes unless the government addressed the stench oozing from the Thames River. For centuries the Thames had functioned as a dumping ground for human and industrial waste, and dead animals. A heat wave in 1858 boiled centuries of accumulated waste in what became known as London’s “Great Stink”. Overwhelmed by the stench wafting into the English parliament, MPs proposed relocating parliament but this was rejected because the newly constructed building had only recently been acquired. It was only when parliament could no longer function because of the stench that legislators agreed to a systemic overhaul of the infrastructure of the Thames. The unbearable smell pervading parliament had compelled MPs to cough up the financial resources needed to provide a proper sewerage. Cape Town has recently had its own “Great Sti ...
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Next Week in Tickets: Stomp Boston! at the Brattle, MORE THAN HONEY at Kendall Square, DRIVE at Somerville, HANNAH ARENDT at the Coolidge, and, sure, DESPICABLE ME 2 and THE LONE RANGER at a lot of other places.
Can't believe Susanna Duong and I went to the one showing of Hannah Arendt that was followed up by a Q&A session by a professor of philosophy kfsjbfdsjfbs
Newly released files reveal that Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, as the archbishop of Milwaukee, moved to protect $57 million in church assets from the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
It's been my good fortune to read Hannah Arendt right as all the Paula Deen mishigas has gone down. Not that The Banality of Evil forecasts Ms. Deen’s allure — her standing has always bent toward the nostalgic, the airbrushed, the blandly retrograde. Nor in any real way can we fit Deen’s comparably…
Debating seeing World War Z tonight. Anyone seen it? Thoughts? It's either that, or Frances Ha (or maybe Hannah Arendt...).
Went out to see Hannah Arendt, last minute switch to Frances Ha.
Looking Forward to August delights: You can combat the summer heat with "A Hijacking" opening August 2. On August 8th - 11th the U.S. premier of a live concert of Anna Netrebko in Red Square given on June 19th. "Hannah Arendt" 8/16-22 Margurite von Trotta's bio pic of political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Sent to Jerusalem by the New Yorker in 1965 to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann Arendt gazed upon "the banality of evil". More great stuff to come.
"Make it *** proof and someone will make a better *** " "I don't have a solution but I admire the problem.""Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.""If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." "There is no time like the present for postponing what you ought to be doing."- Anonymous  "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams "The will to power, as the modern age from Hobbes to Nietzsche understood it, far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one. Power corrupts indeed when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before." - Hannah Arendt "Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power - that is not easy." - Aristotle "One of the embarrassing facts fro ...
Saw the film, Hannah Arendt and would recommend it- loved Barbara Sukowa in the lead- she was Lola for Fassbinder many years ago.
Saw again recently Margarethe von Trotta's Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit, 1981). Looking forward to seeing her new 'Hannah Arendt' (2012). They are like opposites of a Judd Apatow movie.
With regard to my earlier link to an LRB article by Tariq Ali on Isaiah Berlin, I'd like to point out (as Chris Bertram just has) that Berlin did sometimes show generosity and encouragement to Marxist scholars, G.A. Cohen is a notable example. Though as I highlighted myself, he seems to have had a bit of a feud with Hannah Arendt, so I think it's clear this is not just about attitude to Marxism. As Chris Bertram also points out, there is no direct evidence supplied by Ali that Berlin supported a 1965 massacre of communists during a coup in Indonesia. Anyway, these are not the points I highlighted myself.
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Hannah Arendt doc at the Film Forum has a line down the block an hr before show time. I knew this was still my kind of town!
The film focuses on a few critical years in the life of the German-American writer Hannah Arendt, best known for...
Apologies to anyone who came out to see us last night! We lost power in the storm and had to cancel. Come back and see Hannah Arendt this weekend.
In 1963, The New Yorker published five articles on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi chief of Bureau IV-B-4, a Gestapo division in charge of “Jewish Affairs.” Written by political thinker and Jewish activist Hannah Arendt, the articles and ensuing book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, unleashed what Irvi...
Hannah Arendt historian of Cold War said it provides billions for the armament industry & keeps the US economy from collapsing.
Barbara Sukowa stars as the brilliant German-Jewish emigree, Hannah Arendt. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of the Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.), but one
Totally serious question: anybody wanna go see the 2:00 showing of the Hannah Arendt movie at the Film Forum today?
We had the pleasure of watching a great movie last night - Hannah Arendt. She a German-Jew covered for The New Yorker the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann after he was captured in Argentina and sent to stand trial in Israel. Her report caused a lot of controversy among the Jewish community. The movie received a 95% rating and is now showing at Laemmle's theaters. This is one of the very rare times that Thomas said he wouldn't have done anything different in the film.
More thinking! "Hannah Arendt" film held over at Film Forum NYC, Thursday, June 13. .
Saw a movie yesterday, "Hannah Arendt." Not a particularly good movie, but it reminded me of Arendt's assertion that people like Adolf Eichmann are "nobodies" who are mindless cogs in a machine that ultimately commits monstrous evils precisely because they (the cogs) never really think about what they are doing, because it's all normal and "banal" and without any moral implications (too "big" to understand or worry about). Now, today, we learn the identity of the NSA whistleblower. Edward Snowden, I salute you. I do not know what impact your "thinking" will have on the world, but you refused to be a banal but efficient bureaucrat à la Eichmann; you chose to think and to act. Too bad Arendt is no longer around to write your story. I just ordered Arendt's book on Eichmann (time for ME to stop being so banal).
3 books to read every decade: "The Denial of Death" by Ernest Becker, "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, and "The Human Condition" by Hannah Arendt. The last one was in my first real theology class at Hanover College taught by Dr. John Mathews. I didn't get it then. I still have that copy and read it from time to time. You did well Dr. Mathews!
... the new film ("Hannah Arendt") ... lends credence to the simplistic notion that her controversial portrait of Adolf Eichmann at his Jerusalem trial was a mark of great insight. She didn't merit the abuse that she suffered as a result; ... but her most significant conclusions were drawn from the…
OK, saw the Hannah Arendt movie. Well...Because it is a German film, it fears Arendt's criticism of Zionism and her support for a bi-national state, so, instead it focuses on her criticism of the Judenrat, without really explaining what it was (Jewish community organizations that, under pressure, negotiated directly with the Nazis and unwillingly facilitated extermination) As my companions TL and Jasmine noted, the film is strong in showing the value of process - of talking and thinking things through. We watch her look at Eichmann and see him accurately as a "nothing" while everyone else projected complexity onto him. This is thrilling and very special. The archival footage of the Eichmann trial includes key moments - like when the German-Jewish judges switch from Hebrew to German, and the trial becomes a moment of justice within the German people. It also shows some of the very first survivor testimony, before it became rote. Also, as my friends noted, the film is very clear in showing Arendt being *** ...
Margarethe von Trotta’s new film, Hannah Arendt, revisits the furor provoked by Arendt’s analysis of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Dissent‘s founder, Irving Howe, witnessed and participated in the controversy. In the following excerpt from his memoir, A Margin of Hope, Howe describe...
Do you ever wonder how it is that institutions such as government and corporations, although comprising human beings, are so inherently psychopathic, even fundamentally evil? Perhaps this may explain it. "Corporate institutions, such as the State, create a morality of their own, inferior not superior to the morality of ordinary men and women in their homes, clans, villages and towns. Through the diffusion of responsibility, the remoteness of control and the impersonality of its large-scale operations, the social institution is capable of crimes which mere people, in their face to face dealings with one another, could not even imagine. Thus a little wretch like Harry Truman could boast that he “never lost a night’s sleep” over the incineration of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Adolf Eichmann merely obeyed orders. Hannah Arendt called it the banality of evil. In other words, there is something in the character of large-scale organization itself which is qualitatively different from and is not derived from a ...
"Thinking is a lonely business," utters Martin Heidegger to his student and lover Hannah Arendt, and Margarethe von Trotta's biopic of Ms. Arendt certainly hammers the point home. Barbara Sukowa, who portrays the titular thinker/philosopher/theorist, is possessed with an ability to make her frequent...
Rebels are typically a bundle of contradictions and incongruities. They are often difficult people whom the dominant systems of power abused at a young age. They have the intelligence needed to dissect the workings of power, and to devise mechanisms to fight back. German Jewish intellectuals in the Nazi era such as Hannah Arendt, writers such as James Baldwin, who was *** as well as black, and the revolutionary Frantz Fanon, a black writer and psychiatrist raised in the French colony of Martinique, all were outsiders, even outcasts. Like these three, Manning and Assange rose out of personal troubles to ask the questions traditional rebels ask, and they responded as traditional rebels respond.
As we watch the oddity of the fruity-voiced Dali Tambo interviewing the plummy-toned Robert Mugabe, am I the only one who wants to reach for her copy of Hannah Arendt?
Arts Masterworks for One and All By NINA SIEGAL Museums, long reluctant to post good-quality images of their artworks online, are rethinking that strategy as innovators like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam make a range of copying and clipping services available. Thinking Big: Four Visions of a New Penn Station By ROBIN POGREBIN Asked by the Municipal Art Society to reimagine Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden, four design firms will introduce their proposals on Wednesday at the TimesCenter. MOVIE REVIEW | 'HANNAH ARENDT' How It Looks to Think: Watch Her By A. O. SCOTT Margarethe von Trotta's "Hannah Arendt" examines both the life and work of its subject.
Planning to see Margarethe von Trotta's new film, "Hannah Arendt" and to re-visit Arendt's book (the film opens next Wednesday in at Film Formun, NYC).
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