Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times.

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  • Author(s): Marso, Lori J.
  • Source:
    Political Theory. Apr2012, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p165-193. 29p.
  • Document Type:
    Literary Criticism
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      ambiguity
      Arendt
      Beauvoir
      embodiment
      judgment
    • Abstract:
      This article compares Hannah Arendt’s famous essay on Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Israel in 1961 to Simone de Beauvoir’s little studied piece, “An Eye for an Eye,” on the trial of Robert Brasillach in France in 1945. Arendt and Beauvoir each determine the complicity of individuals acting within a political order that seeks to eliminate certain forms of otherness and difference, but come to differing conclusions about the significance of the crimes. I explain Beauvoir’s account of ambiguity, on which she draws in her judgment of Brasillach and elaborates in her 1948 Ethics of Ambiguity, and measure it against Arendt’s account of Eichmann’s thoughtlessness and its effects on the destruction of conditions of worldly plurality. Linking the failure of ethical judgment on the part of individuals to prior systemic political conditions, Beauvoir helps us recognize struggles over the meaning of bodies and conditions of inequality as central to politics. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      12656
    • ISSN:
      0090-5917
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0090591711432700
    • Accession Number:
      72108187
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MARSO, L. J. Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times. Political Theory, [s. l.], v. 40, n. 2, p. 165–193, 2012. DOI 10.1177/0090591711432700. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=72108187. Acesso em: 4 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Marso LJ. Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times. Political Theory. 2012;40(2):165-193. doi:10.1177/0090591711432700
    • APA:
      Marso, L. J. (2012). Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times. Political Theory, 40(2), 165–193. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591711432700
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Marso, Lori J. 2012. “Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times.” Political Theory 40 (2): 165–93. doi:10.1177/0090591711432700.
    • Harvard:
      Marso, L. J. (2012) ‘Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times’, Political Theory, 40(2), pp. 165–193. doi: 10.1177/0090591711432700.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Marso, LJ 2012, ‘Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times’, Political Theory, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 165–193, viewed 4 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Marso, Lori J. “Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times.” Political Theory, vol. 40, no. 2, Apr. 2012, pp. 165–193. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0090591711432700.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Marso, Lori J. “Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times.” Political Theory 40, no. 2 (April 2012): 165–93. doi:10.1177/0090591711432700.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Marso LJ. Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times. Political Theory [Internet]. 2012 Apr [cited 2020 Dec 4];40(2):165–93. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=72108187