In this video, I explore the work of Hannah Arendt, who is often considered one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. Arendt’s work examines the nature of evil and the ways in which social discourse can be used to enable it.
I explore Arendt’s ideas and discuss the difference between evil intentions and evil deeds. Key to this is her notion of “the banality of evil” and how she came to this concept through her experience of following the trial of Adolph Eichmann, a Nazi official who was responsible for sending millions of people to death camps during the Second World War. Eichmann was a key figure in Arendt’s later work.
By the end of this video, I hope we may be able to better understand the ways in which society can and should respond to evil, and how evil may at times be present in plain sight without clearly being able to determine if it exists within the person committing evil acts or the systems in which they operate.
📖 Hannah Arendt – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Arendt
🎥 Hannah Arendt film – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Arendt_(film)