Hannah Arendt y la cuestión de la banalidad del mal
Hannah Arendt and the question of the banality of evil
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AuthorHernando Ibars, Esther
ABSTRACT: Hannah Arendt, politologist of jewish ancestry, born in Germany and Holocaust survivor. She is known for her works The Origins of Totalitarianism and her controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem, where the thesis that made her world-famous appeared: the banality of evil. In this work we will travel through the politologist (she never wanted to be classified as a philosopher, even though her works are riddled with philosophical thoughts and reflections), her life, works, and lastly, we will take a deep look at her thesis.
Even nowadays she is still one of the most controversial personalities, with her thesis still being discussed. She was the first woman to theorize about totalitarianism, a phenomena found in two political systems in specific time frames: Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. There she will raise questions of importance through the study of the totalitarian machinery, terror, evil, morality, etc. It will be in the book Eichmann in Jerusalem, where she was sent by the New Yorker to cover the event, where she suggests the themes of the banality of evil that gave her and her works its controversial status, which has reached our time.