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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar Series - Guest Lecture by Dr. Michael Mack

18th November 2009, 17:00 to 19:00, St Chad's Library, Dr Michael Mack

‘Hannah Arendt's Philosophy of Diversity: Thinking and understanding and Eichmann
in Jerusalem’

This talk attempts to delineate Hannah Arendt's philosophy of diversity by connecting her ideas about thinking with her analysis of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. Her ideas about what it means to think constitute an original and complex investigation into the way in which thinking is consubstantial with her understanding of "understanding". Her analysis of the Nazi Genocide reveals how wellbeing is preconditioned by both human diversity and the ability to understand the common humanity of the diverse. Like thinking, understanding is the faculty that makes us aware that we are not monolithic entities but, on the contrary, we live in a plural world.

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