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The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It
The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It

“Under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.”

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Hannah Arendt on Loneliness as the Common Ground for Terror and How Tyrannical Regimes Use Isolation as a Weapon of Oppression
Hannah Arendt on Loneliness as the Common Ground for Terror and How Tyrannical Regimes Use Isolation as a Weapon of Oppression

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

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Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable
Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable

“One has to assume that every man is a thinking reed and a noble nature, even if only part-time.”

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Hannah Arendt on Jewishness, the Immigrant Plight for Identity, and the Meaning of “Refugee”
Hannah Arendt on Jewishness, the Immigrant Plight for Identity, and the Meaning of “Refugee”

“Society has discovered discrimination as the great social weapon by which one may kill men without any bloodshed.”

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Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition
Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition

“The question whether thought has any meaning at all constitutes the same unanswerable riddle as the question for the meaning of life.”

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Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization
Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization

“No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”

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