Author Archive for: ‘Ned Curthoys’

Selbstdenken, Remembrance, and the Future of Civil Courage in Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (2012). On the Psychogenesis of the “Banality of Evil”

Abstract: The essay analyses Margarethe von Trotta’s 2012 biopic Hannah Arendt which focuses on Arendt’s attendance at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961 as a reporter for the New Yorker, culminating in her controversial depiction of Eichmann as a functionary who epitomised the “banality of evil” in our times. The film has been derided by some as hagiography because …

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