12 February: Isabel Hernández-Gil (JCR) 'Thinking as a Moral Concept: Hannah Arendt and Socratic Dialogue'
Beyond her work on the banality of evil, Hannah Arendt’s moral philosophy has been largely overlooked. This is, in part, because of the complexity of her later philosophical works, but also due to her rejection of traditional ethical theories. This seminar, inspired by my dissertation in Philosophy, studies Arendt’s account of thinking as
Socratic dialogue, and argues that it serves to address the issues raised by her investigation of the Eichmann trial. Thinking serves not only to condition humans against evil: it provides the only moral standard that can survive the radical overturn of conventional morality.