This paper aims to elucidate the present meanings of the critical legacy for which Primo Levi and Hannah Arendt had ceaselessly fought; the gray zone and the banality of evil, the two compelling concepts serve as a kind of guiding posts in locating a common ground of the two thinkers. The rigorous review of these provoking ideas reminds us of the realities of the precarious democracy we daily face while directing our attention to various kinds of bad faith that results from the ruthlessly conforming totalitarian ideology. However, the concepts themselves do not represent the total trajectory of Levi and Arendt as demystifing thinkers; the synthesizing grasp of them could be a foothold towards the in — depth scrutiny of Levi and Arendt, to say nothing of deeper understanding of the Auschwitz.
The project of summoning Levi and Arendt as a pair is intended to be a preliminary study. In short, reading their texts can be one of the best scholarly ways of keeping an eye on our democratic crisis amidst the languishment of the critical spirit markedly observed even in universities.