on 28 January 2007
Given that none of the editorial reviews on this page contain a table of contents, I decided it may be wise to copy it here:
Introduction by Jerome Kohn
A Note on the Text
Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship
Some Questions of Moral Philosophy
Thinking and Moral Considerations
Reflections on Little Rock
The Deputy: Guilt by Silence?
Auschwitz on Trial
Home to Roost
The first part deals with somewhat abstract questions, whereas the second is an application of Hannah Arendt's moral and more generally philosophical considerations to real-world situations. The fundamental text contained in this volume is "Some Questions of Moral Philosophy", which is based on four lectures Arendt gave in 1965. In it, Arendt deals with Socrates, Immanuel Kant, Paul of Tarsus, Augustine of Hippo, and Friedrich Nietzsche while discussing thinking, willing and judging. Also of note is Arendt's examination of Dr. Franz Lucas's case (described in "Auschwitz on Trial"). In a nutshell, this is a very interesting, though somewhat mixed and slightly repetitive, collection of essays, speeches, and lectures by a significant Selbstdenker.
on 27 February 2016
This was one of most interesting books of Hannah Arendt with which she was trying to depict the moral and ethical condition of human being through the lenses of great thinkers such as Bible, Meister Eckhart, Plato to St. Augustine, Cicero, Kant and many others. "How should we act towards other people without causing distress and harm? What philosophy should we apply, biblical, philosophical ?How is it possible that one human being as Eichman was was capable of conducting such atrocities on Jews could call upon the ethical precepts of Kant? "Ich habe mich an die Lebenspholosophie von Kannt immer gehalten" were the words of Eichmann. Hannah, going through so many works of Philosophy even literature, was citing and indicating that moral and ethical precept can be imputed to all human beings but that under certain circumstances they simply lessen save their inner consciousness vociferously and foremost vicariously is taking the upper hand. As she puts it: "one does not to read all the works of Kant, Plato ... in order to discern bad deed from the good one. One does have this consciousnesses within one self or not. No books can teach or do that for you ...! I found thees words very interesting and stunning given the last most unfortunate wars in former Yugoslavia. I would definitely would recommend this book, for it is well written and interesting to read. In addition as Herbert Marcuse said one has to read Kant much more frequently as Hannah Arendt too and need to inculcate into the minds oformost of politicians to keep to their moral ethical values rather political intrests only! Great book!