Banal evil and useless knowledge: Hannah Arendt and Charlotte delbo on evil after the holocaust

Hypatia 18 (1):104-115 (2003)
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: Hannah Arendt's and Charlotte Delbo's writings about the Holocaust trouble our preconceptions about those who do evil and those who suffer evil. Their jarring terms "banal evil" and "useless knowledge" point to limitations and temptations facing scholars of evil. While Arendt helps us to resist the temptation to mythologize evil, Delbo helps us to resist the temptation to domesticate suffering
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DOI 10.1353/hyp.2003.0011
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Emmanuel Levinas (1988). Useless Suffering. In Robert Bernasconi & David Wood (eds.), The Provocation of Levinas: Rethinking the Other. Routledge 156--167.

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