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Name: Ryan Dell Date: 3.13.13 Discussion sheet~ Arendt “Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility” You must hand this in at the end of class, and it must be typed. Don’t write a thesis – the whole thing doesn’t need to be more than a page. This is to help you come to class prepared to participate. Points will be assigned points based on such things as thoroughness, insightfulness, student participation and promptness. _____________________________________________ Course themes[1] present in the reading (be specific – include a cite or quote ): There are two obvious themes in Arendt’s piece: guilt and responsibility; thus, the title Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility. Arendt makes these two distinctions…show more content…
Especially when she discusses the issues , well lack of responsibility and guilt with those involved in the Holocaust. I wonder sometimes how humanity back then could have had values and ideals so horrific and not feel a thing for them. To say the least Arendt was a great writed of philosophical issues and I would like so explore more of her beliefs and theories. Discussion question (specific to each text – these may be available online, on handouts or in class): What does Arendt mean the terms “organized guilt” and “universal responsibility”? How do they explain what happened in the Holocaust, and the difficulties of coming to terms with it? I believe that Arendt meant when saying “organized guilt” is that there are certain feelings such as awareness that we must recognize; as well as establishing a difference in moral guilt vs. judicial (law) guilt. As for “universal responsibility” Arendt states that when living in a political society as we do we should take responsibility for all members. These aspects are portrayed early on in this story, through what happened in the Holocaust. She was upset to see how when the government was involved with the doings in the Holocaust there were no feelings of guilt or sense of
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