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  1. George Cotkin (2008). A Conversation About Morals and History. Journal of the History of Ideas 69 (3):493-497.
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  2. George Cotkin (2008). History's Moral Turn. Journal of the History of Ideas 69 (2):293-315.
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  3. George Cotkin (2007). Illuminating Evil: Hannah Arendt and Moral History. Modern Intellectual History 4 (3):463-490.
    Hannah Arendt's well-known examinations of the problem of evil are not contradictory and they are central to her corpus. Evil can be banal in some cases (Adolf Eichmann) and radical (the phenomenon of totalitarianism) in others. But behind all expressions of evil, in Arendt's formulations, is the imperative that it be confronted by thinking subjects and thoroughly historicized. This led her away from a view of evil as radical to one of evil as banal. Arendt's ruminations on evil are illuminated, (...)
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  4. George Cotkin (2003). Existential America. Johns Hopkins University Press.
    Europe's leading existential thinkers -- Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus -- all felt that Americans were too self-confident and shallow to accept their philosophy of responsibility, choice, and the absurd. "There is no pessimism in America regarding human nature and social organization," Sartre remarked in 1950, while Beauvoir wrote that Americans had no "feeling for sin and for remorse" and Camus derided American materialism and optimism. Existentialism, however, enjoyed rapid, widespread, and enduring popularity among Americans. No less (...)
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