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Responsibility and Judgment

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  310 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Each of the books that Hannah Arendt published in her lifetime was unique, and to this day each continues to provoke fresh thought and interpretations. This was never more true than for Eichmann in Jerusalem, her account of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, where she first used the phrase “the banality of evil.” Her consternation over how a man who was neither a monster nor a d ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 332 pages
Published November 18th 2003 by Schocken Books
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Jan 06, 2015 Trish rated it it was amazing
I am in the middle of reading Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil and thought I might like to see what Arendt wrote after her critique of Eichmann’s trial. About the same time I found myself wrestling with the ideas presented in Naomi Klein’s 2014 book subtitled Capitalism vs. The Climate, and entitled This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. I thought, as I read about Eichmann in Jerusalem, that some of the same “lack of the ability to think” applies to the world ...more
The more I read, the more curious I become about Hannah Arendt, both as a person and as a philosopher. This particular book is really just a collection of essays on various topics—segregation in the American South, the Holocaust, moral philosophy, the moral crisis in Europe—all of which at some point address the main theme of responsibility and moral judgment. I recommend skipping the introduction; it is poorly written and substantively misleading.

I have come to expect to surprised by Arendt, an
Pedro Varanda
Jul 07, 2015 Pedro Varanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colectânea de ensaios de Hannah Arendt excelente mas perturbadora e inquietante. Aborda o holocausto na perspectiva do cidadão comum, que sem grandes conhecimentos ideológicos ou políticos, se transformou num monstro sem qualquer tipo de arrependimento ou sentido critico. Lendo estes ensaios quase apetece dizer: é mentira a natureza humana não é assim tão terrível e cruel, existe também o outro lado que não foi abordado neste livro. A ler sem duvida
David Gross
The most and greatest evil, Arendt believes, is not done by wicked or evil people, but “by people who never made up their mind to be either bad or good” — “by nobodies, that is, by human beings who refuse to be persons.”

Jul 30, 2010 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good introduction to "Life of the Mind". The "Judgments" she makes in the second half seem pretty lousy, but the "Responsibility" section is just a joy to read.
Jan 04, 2017 Myles rated it really liked it
Pretty crucial reading amid Trumpageddon.
Renata Ferreira
Dec 18, 2012 Renata Ferreira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tapa na cara da sociedade.
Greg Brozeit
Dec 13, 2013 Greg Brozeit rated it liked it
Shelves: political-theory
Home to Roost, the final essay of this collection, reflecting on the decades preceding the U.S. bicentennial and written shortly before her death, is among the best of her works. It provides relevant lessons for today. For example, she regrets that “Madison Avenue tactics under the name of public relations have been permitted to invade our political life.” And as an example, she notes that “the terrible truth” revealed by the Pentagon Papers that rather than “particular tangible interests” the V ...more
May 31, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read about half of this book and decided not to finish it. I originally was interested in reading more of Hannah Arendt's work after reading her famous book about Eichmann's trial. That one was very well written, had conclusions that followed from logical arguments, and gave insight about events during the holocaust country by country and the thinking of nazis and jewish community members. But that last part was just touched upon, the psychology and motivations of all of these people. This boo ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Every bit as relevant today as it was when these essays were first published. My favorites have to be "Some Questions of Moral Philosophy", "Thinking and Moral Considerations", and "Home to Roost". The one on Little Rock was pretty profound also. It's immediately clear, also, why Agamben was such a big fan of hers. She makes enormous distinctions between the activity of thinking and simple thinking, as well as differentiating thinking and knowledge. For her the only moral assurance we have is wh ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, ethics
Deze bundel bevat een achttal essays en toespraken van Arendt, vooral uit haar latere periode. De meeste ervan zijn erg toegankelijk, al staan er ook harde noten tussen. De thema's zijn hyper-relevant: ethiek, verantwoordelijkheid, oordelen. Arendt graaft onverbiddelijk diep, zeker als ze de holocaust aansnijdt en de notie van persoonlijke of collectieve verantwoordelijkheid. Met dat laatste concept heeft ze het erg moeilijk en dat frappeert wel. Een indrukwekkende persoonlijkheid.
Amanda Shiraishi
It's deep! Could not be different: Hannah Arendt was like a catchment basin
Nov 04, 2012 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Incisive, revealing, informative are some of the impressions one has while reading this collection of essays.
aldo zirsov
May 21, 2011 aldo zirsov marked it as to-read
Shelves: philosophy
got another book of Hannah Arendt. me so happy..:)
Александр Шушпанов
Сборник публикаций, обращений и лекций Ханны Арендт, который, вроде бы как, должен был стать третьим томом "Жизни ума", если не он сам - то уж мысли из публикаций точно бы вошли. Сборник несколько неровный - последняя статья ("На голову проклинающего", небольшой очерк о том, как в пост-никсоновской Америке "создание образа" начало становиться доминирующим политическим направлением) уж точно выбивается.

Очень интересные размышления о коллективной вине и коллективной ответственности, о выдаче прав
Olha Khilobok
Уся попідкреслена, на полях обписана, на клітинному рівні прочичана.
Feb 13, 2017 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven, but the exceptional sections far surpass the more questionable ones.
May 27, 2007 Mara added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humanists
As one of the 20th centuries great thinkers, Hannah Arendt in turn makes others think. I found this collection of her essays to be particularly thought provoking given the current political and social situations around the world. Although her life work ended in 1975, Hannah Arendt's written works remain relevant and, while extremely dense, are accessible to even those of us who in no way match her level of critical thinking, intelligence, or world/life knowledge. Great thinking is truly timeless ...more
Lukas op de Beke
Contains a handful of more or less interesting essays. Only the ones in the chapter "responsibility" are really worth reading as they reveal how Arendt grappled with the problem of evil and the moral crisis of the Second World War. In a nutshell, she is of the opinion that evil grows where "thinking"- a heavily loaded, normative concept in her understanding- stops.
Stefan Schmid
Nov 02, 2016 Stefan Schmid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a ...more
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