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27 - 28 July 2018

Hannah Arendt Today: The Evil of Banality

Master Class | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists

A Master Class with Dr. Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, former teaching assistant to Hannah Arendt.  

In this master class, Dr. Elizabeth Minnich will give a brief lecture followed by a discussion on Hannah Arendt´s philosophy with emphasis on Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on The Banality of Evil. Moreover, she will talk with participants about her latest book, The Evil of Banality: On The Life and Death Importance of Thinking. This book was published with Rowman & Littlefield in 2017 and presents Minnich’s findings, moving through Arendt’s concept to consider further examples of “extensive evils” such as slavery and human trafficking; economic exploitation; for-profit penitentiaries and deportation centers; and more historical and international examples. Minnich also considers explanations of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of extensive evils by social psychologists and historians such as Milgram and Zimbardo whose good work on obedience to authority and peer pressure she challenges.

Dr. Elizabeth K. Minnich, the director of this master class, is an educator, scholar and professor of philosophy, public speaker, award-winning author, administrator, consultant, thinker, editor. She is Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. She was Hannah Arendt’s teaching assistant when Arendt was defending her book on the trial of Adolf Eichmann (“The Engineer of the Nazi Final Solution”) in which Arendt announced her then-controversial observation about “the banality of evil.” In the years since then, while being a professor of philosophy (moral, political) and publishing on other subjects, Minnich has continued reflecting on, researching, and writing about her own reversal of Arendt’s controversial concept: the evil of banality.

Dates and times:

July 27, 2018

10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00

July 28, 2018


All interested parties are welcome to apply!

Please apply via contact@historyofwomenphilosophers.org by submitting the following documents in a single PDF-file:
a) a brief curriculum vitae of no more than two page
b) a letter of motivation of no more than one page

General information: Webpage (Libori Summer School 2018)

27 - 28 July 2018

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


University Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen 33098 Germany
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