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San Diego State University Foundation (San Diego, CA 92182-1931)
Kathleen B. Jones (Project Director: March 2010 to June 2012)

Seminars for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

$146,020 (approved)
$146,020 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2010 – 12/31/2011

Funding details:
Original grant (2010) $143,272
Supplement (2011) $2,748

The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt: The Problem of Evil and the Origins of Totalitarianism

A six-week seminar for sixteen school teachers to study three major works by political theorist Hannah Arendt, which provide philosophical lenses to consider the problem of evil, the uses of terror, and the origins of totalitarianism.

During this seminar we will study intensively several key works by the political theorist, Hannah Arendt. These works shed light on the problem of evil and the use of terror in the contemporary age, and provide a philosophical perspective on current debates about the use of violence to settle political conflicts, about the conditions of democracy, and about the scope and importance of human rights. Based on the success of my 2006, 2008 and 2009 seminars on Arendt with schoolteachers, who responded powerfully to the relevance of Arendt to their own thinking and teaching, and the advance interest I have received for my 2010 seminar, I propose to repeat the seminar in 2011 at Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking.