Hannah Arendt's Moral Ontology: Comments on David Luban's Arendt on the Crime of Crimes

4 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2015

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

David Luban identifies a tension between Arendt's conception of ethnic identification in a context of persecution and her conception of humanity. That tension pertains to the reality - or realities - that Arendt addresses: the moral reality of her Bildung that appears throughout her work, and is centered on the “dignity of man,” on the one hand, and the divisive, “political” reality that she was forced to face when “attacked as a Jew,” on the other. By implicitly accepting that in a context of persecution one cannot escape the framing relevance of the “political” - an idea that is also present in her imaginary condemnation speech of Eichmann - Arendt betrays a fundamental theme of her work: “forgiveness” and the inherent possibility of a “new beginning.”

Suggested Citation

Coutinho, Luis Pereira, Hannah Arendt's Moral Ontology: Comments on David Luban's Arendt on the Crime of Crimes (September 2015). Ratio Juris, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 326-329, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2643894 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/raju.12085

Luis Pereira Coutinho (Contact Author)

University of Lisbon - School of Law ( email )

Alameda da Universidade, Cidade Universitária
Lisboa, 1649-014
Portugal

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