Hannah Arendt - About Evil. A lecture on questions of ethics

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Playing time: 358 min.
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In this lecture, Hannah Arendt explores the question of how - after the unprecedented collapse and failure of morality in the sense of virtue and custom under National Socialism - an ethic or even the nature of the good can be justified. In free reference to thinkers such as Kant, Socrates, Jesus of Nazareth and Friedrich Nietzsche, she is guided by the feeling that 'evil' is a 'surface phenomenon': 'The greatest evil is not radical, it has no roots, and because it has no roots, it has no limits, it can develop into unimaginable extremes and spread across the whole world. ' The good or the need to do good, on the other hand, appears as the more original force, as natural energy, as genuine instinct. 'And of course it is this extra strength (Nietzsche), this extravagant generosity or the' overflowing, wasteful will 'that prompts people to want to do good and to do it with pleasure. What is most evident in the few and well-known people who have devoted their entire lives to 'doing good', such as Jesus of Nazareth or St. Francis of Assisi, is certainly not meekness, but rather an overflowing force, perhaps not that Of character, but of their nature. ' (Hannah Arendt)

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