"Hannah Arendt is one of the great outsiders of twentieth-century political philosophy. After reporting on the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Arendt embarked on a series of reflections about how to make judgments and exercise responsibility without recourse to existing law, especially when existing law is judged as immoral. This book uses Hannah Arendt's text Eichmann in Jerusalem to examine major themes in legal theory, including the nature of law, legal authority, the duty of citizens, the nexus between morality and law and political action."--Provided by publisher.
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Cover ; Half Title ; Title Page ; Copyright Page ; Dedication ; Table of Contents ; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: The Eichmann fires; Direction; Reading Arendt; 2. The House of Judgment; Law and theatre; Show trial; 3. The gray zone: Kapo trials; Kapo: function and role; Liberation and community honour courts; Trials in Israel; 4. The accused; Jurisdiction; The abduction of the defendant; The retrospectivity of Israeli law; 5. From expulsion to extermination; The rise of Nazism; Objective language and double speak; Resistance to immoral law; 6. Wannsee: The enabling conference. Pontius PilateRace laws; 7. Duties of a law-abiding citizen; The authority of law; Eichmann contra Kant; 8. The deportation chapters; Anti-Jewish legislation; Legal status and national identity; Infiltration and control; 9. Did Eichmann receive a fair trial?; The criminal trial; Credentials of a liberal trial; Evaluating the trial; 10. Judgment; The District Court and the Supreme Court; Arendt's judgment of Eichmann; 11. Reading Eichmann today; Inverted totalitarianism; Israel-Palestine; 12. The last Nazi trials and forgiveness; Current Nazi trials; Arendt on forgiveness. Truth, reconciliation and the transitionAppendix; Bibliography; Index.
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