WESTERN PHILOSOPHY – POLITICAL THEORY: “Hannah Arendt” / Philosophical Overdose ☮

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt in this BBC episode of In Our Time. Hannah Arendt developed many of her ideas in response to the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century, partly informed by her own experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany before her escape to France and then America. She wanted to understand how politics had taken such a disastrous turn and, drawing on ideas of Greek philosophers as well as her peers, what might be done to create a better political life. Often unsettling, she wrote of ‘the banality of evil’ when covering the trial of Eichmann, one of the organisers of the Holocaust. The guests are Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia; Frisbee Sheffield, Lecturer in Philosophy at Girton College, University of Cambridge; and Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University London.

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