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Subject/Keyword
ethics
judgment
Arendt
Eichmann
Kant
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
MacLeod, Damon
Supervisor and department
Burch, Robert (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Carmichael, Don (Political Science)
Dudiak, Jeffrey (Philosophy)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-08-30T17:47:34Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis argues that Hannah Arendt is correct to suggest that thinking enables judgment, even though Arendt never fully formulates this idea herself. I provide a critical reading of Arendt’s essay “Thinking and Moral Considerations” and of her series of lectures on Kant’s political philosophy. I argue that Arendt’s concept of impartiality can provide the bridge between the concepts of thinking and judging that is otherwise lacking in her account of these faculties. I argue that Arendt’s philosophy can be construed as an ethically relevant theory: despite the fact that Arendt offers no moral prescriptions, she describes a process of thinking through which ethical decisions can be made. Arendt’s work is therefore highly relevant as a critique of relativism, nihilism and the skeptical notion that judgments are arbitrary.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3MC88
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License granted by Damon MacLeod (damon.macleod@gmail.com) on 2010-08-27T20:09:47Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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