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The Meaning of Life

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134919
eISBN:
9780199834563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134915.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Very religious people, it is found, are likely to feel that they know what the meaning of life is. While others generally believe firmly that life has meaning, they deny knowing what the meaning is. ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy and Jeff Fort

in The Banality of Heidegger

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823275922
eISBN:
9780823277056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Heidegger’s discourse in the Black Notebooks is banal in the sense of Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.” This discourse absorbed the doxa of anti-Semitism circulating in Europe from ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy and Jeff Fort

in The Banality of Heidegger

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823275922
eISBN:
9780823277056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Heidegger was perfectly capable of investigating the provenance of anti-Semitism, but he did not. Instead he received his age’s prejudices, and put them to work in his thinking. Why did he not pursue ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy and Jeff Fort

in The Banality of Heidegger

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823275922
eISBN:
9780823277056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Heidegger’s thought absorbed the lesson of a very ancient history: any true beginning always fails to be such, to truly begin, and must struggle to reinstantiate itself without going astray or ... More


Evil: A Philosophical Investigation

Luke Russell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712480
eISBN:
9780191780790
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712480.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion

When asked to describe wartime atrocities, acts of terrorism, and serial killers, many of us for reach the word “evil”. But what does it mean to say that an action or a person is evil? Some ... More


Savage Indignation: Cannibalism and the Parodic

Gananath Obeyesekere

in Cannibal Talk: The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243071
eISBN:
9780520938311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243071.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Parody for the Maori is also deadly serious for his Other, the European. Sometimes the parody of the European curiosities as faeces would be shared by those on both sides of the cultural divide, ... More


The Banality of Disaster

John Patrick Walsh

in Migration and Refuge: An Eco-Archive of Haitian Literature, 1982-2017

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786941633
eISBN:
9781789629200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941633.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter returns to Yanick Lahens’ Failles to draw out further the critique of cultural, social, and political fault lines that existed well before the earthquake. It opens by defining the idea ... More


Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire

Jeffrey A. Auerbach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198827375
eISBN:
9780191866258
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827375.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

Imperial Boredom offers a radical reconsideration of the British Empire during its heyday in the nineteenth century. Challenging the long-established view that the empire was about adventure and ... More


Tale of the city: the imperial metropolis of Heart of Darkness

Laura Chrisman

in Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism and Transnationalism

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719058271
eISBN:
9781781700136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719058271.003.0002
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter outlines some of the ways in which late nineteenth-century European imperialism inheres in the textures of daily labour and leisure in Conrad's novella, suggesting that the Company's ... More


Is Evil Banal? A Misleading Question

Richard J. Bernstein

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter argues that the question—Is evil banal?—is badly formulated because it invites serious misinterpretations of Arendt. The question is objectionable for three ... More


Banality and Cleverness: Eichmann In Jerusalem Revisited

Peter Baehr

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter explores Hannah Arendt's “banality of evil” argument in Eichmann in Jerusalem. She claimed that Eichmann was not a demon on a mission from Hell, but a crass, ... More


Judging the Events of Our Time

Jennifer L. Culbert

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter recalls not only what Arendt says about judgment, but also of how she herself goes about judgment by revisiting her judgment of Adolf Eichmann and his trial. ... More


Arendt's Banality of Evil Thesis and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Yaron Ezrahi

in Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230754
eISBN:
9780823235858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the potential second “career” of the banality of evil thesis in the profoundly different context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Considering the ... More


The Banality of Evil

Jennifer L. Geddes

in Evil: A History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199915453
eISBN:
9780190248383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199915453.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In her description of Eichmann as an exemplar of the banality of evil, Hannah Arendt was describing a new kind of perpetrator—not new in the sense of being the first of his kind but new to our usual ... More


Satanically Great Instigators and Banal Compliers

Avishai Margalit

in Evil: A History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780199915453
eISBN:
9780190248383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199915453.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This Reflection focuses on three of the great threats we confront in thinking about evil. First, we often forget to distinguish clearly between instigators of evil and compliers with evil. Second, we ... More


Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Saikat Majumdar

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156950
eISBN:
9780231527675
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156950.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for ... More


‘Things That Should Be Short’: Perec, Sei Shōnagon, Twitter and the Uses of Banality

Anthony McCosker and Rowan Wilken

in The Afterlives of Georges Perec

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474401241
eISBN:
9781474435031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401241.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter reconsiders Twitter as a ‘machinery that produces banality’ and the criticisms this attracts, by approaching it via the work of Georges Perec, and his enduring interest in the musings of ... More


James Joyce and the Banality of Refusal

Saikat Majumdar

in Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156950
eISBN:
9780231527675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156950.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter analyzes the banality of everyday life and the desire for aesthetic transcendence in James Joyce's fiction. In Ulysses the aesthetic is embodied through the banal. In many of the stories ... More


Katherine Mansfield and the Fragility of Pākehā Boredom

Saikat Majumdar

in Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156950
eISBN:
9780231527675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156950.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter analyzes boredom as a colonial condition in Katherine Mansfield's stories. Her understated relationship with New Zealand's landscape is as important to the analysis as is her insistent ... More


The Dailiness of Trauma and Liberation in Zoë Wicomb

Saikat Majumdar

in Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156950
eISBN:
9780231527675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156950.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on a linked collection of short stories by Zoë Wicomb, the first female South African writer of mixed racial heritage, whose discomfort with mainstream anticolonial narratives is ... More


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