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Hannah Arendt

Legal Theory and the Eichmann Trial, 1st Edition

By Peter Burdon


160 pages

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pub: 2019-06-10
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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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Eichmann fires

2 The House of Judgment

3 The gray zone: Kapo trials

4 The accused

5 From expulsion to extermination

6 Wannsee: The enabling conference

7 Duties of a law-abiding citizen

8 The deportation chapters

9 Did Eichmann receive a fair trial?

10 Judgment

11 Reading Eichmann today

12 The last Nazi trials and forgiveness

About the Author

Peter Burdon is Associate Professor and Reader at the Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

About the Series

Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers

Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers presents analyses of key critical theorists who have written on law and contributed significantly to the development of the new interdisciplinary legal studies. Addressing those who have most influenced legal thought and thought about law, the aim of the series is to bring legal scholarship, the social sciences and the humanities into a closer dialogue.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes