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San Diego State University Research Foundation (San Diego, CA 92182-0001)
Kathleen B. Jones (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt: The Problem of Evil and the Origins of Totalitarianism

A five-week school teacher seminar for sixteen participants to study major works by Hannah Arendt.

During this 5 week seminar we will study several key works by the political theorist Hannah Arendt. These works shed light on the problem of evil and the use of violence to settle political conflicts about the conditions of democracy and about the scope and importance of human rights. The proposed seminar fits the new NEH initiative The Common Good-The Humanities in the Public Square. As a public intellectual Arendts writing brought humanities perspectives to bear on central 20th century questions. She investigated the problem of evil and terror in the contemporary age provided a philosophical perspective on violence in politics explored how dramatic advances in science and technology changed relationships between humans and the natural world and examined the conditions of democratic rule and the scope and significance of global human rights.

Project fields:
Gender Studies

Seminars for School Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$147,819 (approved)
$137,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016