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New German Critique (2019) 46 (2 (137)): 197–220.
Published: 01 August 2019
...Shmuel Lederman Abstract The article reexamines Hannah Arendt’s shift from “radical evil” in The Origins of Totalitarianism to “the banality of evil” in Eichmann in Jerusalem and subsequent writings. At the heart of this shift stands Arendt’s realization that she exaggerated the role of ideology...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (1 (136)): 41–70.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Terence Holden Abstract Through a comparative analysis of their diagnosis of radical evil with the divergent ways in which Theodor W. Adorno and Hannah Arendt register and respond to the exhaustion of the modern regime of historicity, this article employs the terminology of historical anthropology...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (1 (127)): 141–169.
Published: 01 February 2016
... does not end here. Writing in the postwar era and approximately a decade after the close of the Nuremberg trials, Arendt also drew what many scholars of conciliatory action consider the requisite boundary around forgiveness with regard to radical evil by placing such evil beyond the scope...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (1 (106)): 35–60.
Published: 01 February 2009
... that she does not equate Eichmann with the man on the street, that is, the average citizen. Yet neither is Eichmann a demonic character à la Macbeth, Richard III, or Iago. In con- trast to these protagonists of radical evil, Eichmann acts seemingly without motive. If one can speak of any motive...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (3 (132)): 123–144.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., Hermeneutics, Entstellung.” In Institution and Interpretation , 73 – 84 . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . Whitebook Joel . 2004 . “Omnipotence and Radical Evil: On a Possible Rapprochement between Hannah Arendt and Psychoanalysis.” In Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment: Essays...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 181–205.
Published: 01 February 2018
... paid him a sur- prise visit in Paris; Taubes’s wife, Susan, calling Scholem an “SS man”; Taubes mocking Scholem’s enmity in the last letter he ever wrote to him: “First with Taubes you met radical evil in person, . . . a Kabbalist of your standing should not have to turn fty before getting...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 99–128.
Published: 01 February 2015
... on a notion of modernity as the fall into a disenchanted condition of radical evil. The meaning of Kafka’s solipsism was fought over in the key aesthetic debate of mid-twentieth-century German letters on the legacy of artistic modernism.8 What Georg Lukács attacked as pathology, Theodor W. Adorno...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (3 (105)): 57–69.
Published: 01 November 2008
... in Kant’s treatise on radical evil. Cohen establishes that they are founded on the disavowal of human existence. While the doctrine of original sin declares humanity essentially depraved or declares the depravity of humanity its essence, the doctrine of redemption is based on a concept of human...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (3 (144)): 65–98.
Published: 01 November 2021
..., they disregard the fact that other popular culture monsters, who obey the same cultural dynamics, have, in recent decades, become objects of open adoration. Contemporary representations of Nazis as vampires can no longer serve the hypothetical purpose of presenting Nazis as a “radical evil”; 118...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 203–222.
Published: 01 November 2016
... to be the radical evil that goads it in what is other [Geist, der die Rationalisierung—seinen Bann—abwirft, hört kraft seiner Selbstbesinnung auf, das radikal Böse zu sein, das im Anderen ihn aufreizt19 Just prior to this formulation, which identifies Bann as Rationalisierung, Adorno has defined...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 29–41.
Published: 01 February 2013
... correlate of late idealism’s hypertrophy of the subject (K, 112). He finds it in Franz Kafka’s inability to distinguish between the Creator and the Devil (“Portrait,” 235) and in Samuel Beckett’s supposed nihilism, which “gnostically” understands the “world as it has been created as radically evil...
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New German Critique (2010) 37 (3 (111)): 173–198.
Published: 01 November 2010
... was a lesser evil in comparison with the products of nihilism, relativism, and radical his- toricism. The aspiration to break with the spirit of modernity remained, but insight into the lack of responsibility that characterized the nihilist solution led Strauss to other paths. Awareness...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (1 (115)): 67–111.
Published: 01 February 2012
... comments on various versions of this article. 1. Jürgen Habermas, “Psychic Thermidor and the Rebirth of Radical Subjectivity,” in Haber- mas and Modernity, ed. Richard J. Bernstein (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985), 67. New German Critique 115, Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter 2012 DOI 10.1215/0094033X...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 83–102.
Published: 01 February 2023
...,” and it remained part of his conceptual and political vocabulary well into the 1930s. From its modern inception under Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, its links to the young Hegelian Max Stirner, and through its emergence as an alternative to Marxism and other ideologies, anarchist thought radically challenged existing...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (2 (140)): 21–44.
Published: 01 August 2020
... cultural diversity, have a potentiality of resistance to assimilatory practices. Thus, against Annabel Herzog’s assertion that “borders are necessary and have no intrinsic value,” 20 which renders borders a kind of ontological, necessary evil, I read Arendt’s essay as assertive of the intrinsic value...
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New German Critique (2019) 46 (2 (137)): 65–89.
Published: 01 August 2019
... and Majdanek, whom Tom Segev presented to Israelis in an essay he published in Hebrew in 1981. Grossman, See Under: Love (1989), 281 ; and Segev, Soldiers of Evil , 185–88 . 46. Barzel, “No Forgiveness,” 570, 585 . 47. Mintz delineates these changes in the Israeli literary map...
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New German Critique (2007) 34 (2 (101)): 45–94.
Published: 01 August 2007
... Bundesrepub- lik (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 2003); Niven, Facing the Nazi Past; Michael Geyer, “The Politics of Memory in Contemporary Germany,” in Radical Evil, ed. Joan Copjec (London: Verso, 1996), 169–200. Careful to avoid the temptation of teleology are Konrad Jarausch and Michael Geyer, Shat...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (3 (123)): 75–93.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Alexandra Tacke In abstract and sometimes deliberately alienating treatments of archival material, Eyal Sivan and Rony Brauman's Specialist (1999) and Romuald Karmakar's Himmler Project (2000) engage in impressive reconcretizations of Hannah Arendt's concept of the “banality of evil.” Both...
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New German Critique (2023) 50 (1 (148)): 31–58.
Published: 01 February 2023
... of mistaking itself for the absolute, that it is a mode of behavior” (P, 153; GS , 10.2:628). Additionally, Adorno claims that progress “wants to cut short the triumph of radical evil, not to triumph as such itself”; it is a resistance at all stages to total disaster (P, 160; GS , 10.2:638). And last...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (3 (105)): 1–6.
Published: 01 November 2008
... for religious myths.”2 Gray notes that destruc- tive images of the apocalypse or prophecy imply an urgent need for radical change through an extreme shift in political language, as demonstrated by the pioneer of modern political theology, Carl Schmitt.3 Writing on American 1. Mark Lilla...