Sunday, June 2, 2013

On Arendt on banality

Fred Kaplan reviews Hannah Arendt, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, on the controversy over Arendt's book Eichmann in Jerusalem, at The New York Times.


"The green lettering, the prefatory essays, and the concluding study guide collectively suggest that this one theme is the interpretative key to all of Scripture. And that’s simply not a sustainable claim. --Alan Jacobs, Blessed Are the Green of Heart, review of The Green Bible, at First Things

The Evolution Of The Idealized Chinese Poetic Aesthetic From The Late T'ang Through The Northern Sung Dynasty, by Alison Mara Friedman, at The Concord Review [pdf]

"In literature too there is an attempt to return man to Paradise after an obvious Fall. D. H. Lawrence would reintegrate man through sex, Hemingway through soil and blood and subscription to a totalitarian ideology, Huxley through an eclectic mysticism, Joyce through imposed literary forms." --Fulton J. Sheen, 'Instructing Converts' in Winning Converts, edited by John A. O'Brien

The Assault on the French Enlightenment, by Isaiah Berlin:
1. Herder and Historical Criticism [pdf]
2. Kant and Individual Autonomy [pdf]
3. Fichte and Romantic Self-Assertion [pdf]
John Danz Lectures, University of Washington, February 22, 24, and 25, 1971

See Reading Rat, my compilation of recommended reading.

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