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May 24, 2022



If Arendt's book Banality of Evil was this profoundly mistaken, it just goes to show how much damage a prestigious intellectual can cause when his/her influence is so pervasive and uncontested (or, at least, not effectively contested).


Oops, I should add that perhaps Stangneth's book will turn out to be an effective counterweight. It's just that Eichhmann in Jerusalem is considered such a classic, and Arendt such a towering figure, that I don't know if any new book, however well researched and well argued, could have the same impact.

Recruiting Animal

Irving Howe said that "a civil war.. broke out among New York intellectuals over Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book on the Eichmann trial".

Full details from his memoir at Dissent:

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