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Responsibility and Judgment by Hannah Arendt

Responsibility and Judgment

by Hannah Arendt

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If you find yourself hankering to dive into Arendt but can't quite commit yourself to her major works like The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and The Life of the Mind, then this might be the book for you. This collection of essays touches on some of Arendt's major themes, such as the connection between thinking and morality, responsibility, guilt, freedom, human plurality, and human spontaneity.
While many of her works touch on these subjects to a greater or lesser degree, Responsibility and Judgment stands out as an extremely accessible and succinct read considering how mind-bogglingly large some of her ideas are. ( )
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Responsibility and Judgment gathers together unpublished writings from the last decade of Arendt’s life, where she addresses fundamental questions and concerns about the nature of evil and the making of moral choices. At the heart of the book is a profound ethical investigation, “Some Questions of Moral Philosophy,” in which Arendt confronts the inadequacy of traditional moral “truths” as standards to judge what we are capable of doing and examines anew our ability to distinguish good from evil and right from wrong. We also see how Arendt comes to understand that alongside the radical evil she had addressed in earlier analyses of totalitarianism, there exists a more pernicious evil, independent of political ideology, whose execution is limitless when the perpetrator feels no remorse and can forget his acts as soon as they are committed.

Responsibility and Judgment is an indispensable investigation into some of the most troubling and important issues of our time.

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