The film, Hannah Arendt, introduces us to this great independent thinker, philosopher, and political theorist who escaped from Nazi Germany and settled in the United States.
Arendt was not afraid to dive into murky moral territory to find perspectives that continue to enlighten our discourse about society to this day.
Her reporting of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann (which was published in The New Yorker) portrayed Eichmann (who was responsible for the detention and transportation of millions of Jews to concentration camps) not as a monster, but as an ordinary man who choose to “follow orders” and not think for himself. In this way, Eichmann considered what he did was not a crime.
Arendt's perspective on Eichmann's conclusion (unique to the time) and keen insights from this trial gave birth to the now-famous concept of the “banality of evil.”
Besides being a published writer, Arendt was the first woman to be named a full professor at Princeton. She also taught at several high caliber schools including the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley, Wesleyan University, and The New School for Social Research.
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