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Social Theory after the Holocaust$
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Robert Fine and Charles Turner

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239659

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314087

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Hannah Arendt: Politics and Understanding after the Holocaust

Hannah Arendt: Politics and Understanding after the Holocaust

(p.19) Chapter 2 Hannah Arendt: Politics and Understanding after the Holocaust
Social Theory after the Holocaust

Robert Fine

Liverpool University Press

This chapter contains an essay by Hannah Arendt that depicts her perspective on the Holocaust, which is in contrast to the conventional explanation for the Holocaust. With the Holocaust described as ‘beyond human understanding’ Arendt contended that notion with alternative explanations that challenged the conventional perspective on the Holocaust, which was a symbol of a collapse in human history and a limit to the human understanding. The chapter provides details on her understanding of the Holocaust, death camps, and totalitarianism, and her juridical point of view, idea of humanity, and answers to the Question of Evil.

Keywords:   beyond human understanding, death camps, totalitarianism, Question of Evil, Eichmann

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