Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/107602
Type: Journal article
Title: Reflecting on Hannah Arendt and Eichman in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil
Author: Burdon, P.
Appleby, G.
LaForgia, R.
McIntyre, J.
Naffine, N.
Citation: Adelaide Law Review, 2014; 35(2):427-447
Publisher: Adelaide Law Review
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0065-1915
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Peter Burdon, Gabrielle Appleby, Rebecca LaForgia, Joe McIntyre and Ngaire Naffine
Abstract: In this essay, we offer a modern legal reading of Hannah Arendt’s classic book, Eichmann in Jerusalem. First we provide a brief account of how Arendt came to write Eichmann in Jerusalem and explain her central arguments and observations. We then consider the contemporary relevance of Arendt’s work to us as legal academics engaged with a variety of problems arising from our times. We consider Arendt’s writing of Eichmann in Jerusalem as a study in intellectual courage and academic integrity, as an important example of accessible political theory, as challenging the academic to engage in participatory action, and as informing our thinking about judgement when we engage in criminal law reform. Finally, we consider the role of Arendt’s moral judgement for those within government today and how it defends and informs judgement of the modern bureaucrat at a time of heightened government secrecy.
Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Eichmann; Legal Theory; Criminal Law; International Law
Rights: Copyright Status Unknown
RMID: 0030052675
Published version: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/journals/law-review/
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