Arendt's Banality of Evil Thesis and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Yaron Ezrahi

in Thinking in Dark Times

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230754
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235858 | DOI:
Arendt's Banality of Evil Thesis and the Arab-Israeli                 Conflict

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This chapter focuses on the potential second “career” of the banality of evil thesis in the profoundly different context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Considering the continual violence between the sides, the urgent problem in this context is not only how to understand evil committed in the past, but how to frame it in a way congenial for the social psychology and politics of reconciliation between the antagonistic parties.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; banality of evil; Israel; Palestine; Arab—Israeli conflict

Chapter.  2495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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