The Banality of Evil
Her most controversial book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
(unwillingness to think)
His job was to orchestrate the system in charge of killing the Jews.
What might this tell you?
After being caught and arres
Morality of Nietzsche
Moral theory has no point. No progress.
No moral truth. There is only us and the abyss and the abyss does not respond.
So humanity comes up with lies.
There are moralities but not Morality.
Morality came into the world as a by-produc
Edward Said Orientalism
Said is most known for his book Orientalism.
Orientalism is a racist perspective, attitude, or set of assumptions used by Europeans to understand the
Orient in the late 19th century.
Saids ambition is to make sense of t
Essay: Understanding position/ideas
Appearances are all that we know, some see better than others.
Everything comes from a certain perspective, a certain way, of seeing that is relative to each person.
It is all just an alternating set of perspectives roo
Schmitts Critique of Liberal Tolerant Multiculturalism:
The Evil Enemy
Schmitts Fascist Multiculturalism is a world of separate cultures, whereas our own
multiculturalism implies all cultures able to live together.
Schmitt argues that this is not really a
All suffering and failure must be welcomed it you wish to achieve happiness.
The worth-while requires effort.
Giftedness and in-born talent are myths.
Pain is necessary for success.
Difficulty is normal.
Hardship is not enough
We must respond well
Carl, Schmitt (1888 - 1985)
Schmitt, relying on Hobbes, defines what politics is by understanding politics as an antithesis:
The political field is the field in which you decide the difference between a friend and an
The key term here is
Her focus is on political evil. She saw herself as a political theorist.
Hannah Arendt was a leading political thinker of the 20 th century.
How do we make sense of world wars?
Arendt on Evil
Her primary concern was with how we m
Violence is essentially evil or wrong right?
Fanons controversial claim is that in the context of the colonial relationship, violence even
especially irrational, explosive violence against the colonial power is the only way to achieve
Does anybody have a good everyday definition of what colonialism is?
Colonialism is a practice in which nation states establish colonies in geographically distant locations.
These colonies remain politically, socially and economi
On Singer and Global Poverty
It is an undeniable fact that we are privileged in comparison to most of the world, but is
it morally wrong to be privileged? It is difficult to find moral fault in being born into a situation