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Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954: Formation, Exile, and Totalitarianism

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In paperback for the first time, this is a collection of articles, reviews, and essays from the first tow decades of Arendt's life as a writer. Here are appraisals of St. Augustine and Kierkegaard; a reevaluation of Kafka; discussions of postwar Germany; explorations of guilt and responsibility. Taken together, these writings give us an indispensable guide to the evolution of Arendt's thinking.

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Although she herself rejected the title, Hannah Arendt is widely considered one of the foremost political philosophers of her time. This book collects 41 examples of her writings from the first two decades of her career, in exile in Paris in the 1930s and as an émigré to the United States in the 1940s. In the essays, she grapples with the philosophical ideas of Augustine, Kafka, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and others; considers the nature of communism, fascism, and totalitarianism; critiques social science techniques and assumption; and explores the relationship between religion and politics; among other wide-ranging topics. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1994.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Although she herself rejected the title, Hannah Arendt is widely considered one of the foremost political philosophers of her time. This book collects 41 examples of her writings from the first two decades of her career, in exile in Paris in the 1930s and as an émigré to the United States in the 1940s. In the essays, she grapples with the philosophical ideas of Augustine, Kafka, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and others; considers the nature of communism, fascism, and totalitarianism; critiques social science techniques and assumption; and explores the relationship between religion and politics; among other wide-ranging topics. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1994. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Hannah Arendt was born in Hanover, Germany, 1906, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The New School for Social Research. Arendt died in 1975.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jerome Kohn

•“What Remains? The Language Remains”: A Conversation with Günter Grass (1964)

•Augustine and Protestantism (1930)

•Philosophy and Sociology (1930)

•Søren Kierkegaard (1932)

•Friedrich von Gentz (1932)

•Berlin Salon (1932)

•On the Emancipation of Women (1933)

•Franz Kafka: A Revalulation (1944)

•Foreign Affairs in the Foreign-Language Press (1944)

•Approaches to the “German Problem” (1945)

•Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility (1945)

•Nightmare and Flight (1945)

•Dilthey as Philosopher and Historian (1945)

•The Seeds of a Fascist International (1945)

•Christianity and Revolution (1945)

•Power Politics Triumphs (1945-46)

•No Longer and Not Yet (1946)

•What Is Existential Philosophy? (1946)

•French Existentialism (1946)

•The Ivory Tower of Common Sense (1946)

•The Image of Hell (1946)

The Nation (1946)

•Dedication to Karl Jaspers (1948)

•Rand School Lecture (1948)

•Religion and the Intellectuals (1950)

•Social Science Techniques and the Study of Concentration Camps (1950)

•The Aftermath of Nazi Rule: Report from Germany (1950)

•The Egg Speaks Up (1951)

•At Table with Hitler (1951)

•Mankind and Terror (1953)

•Understanding and Politics (The Difficulties of Understanding) (1954)

•On the Nature of Totalitarianism: An Essay in Understanding (1954)

•Heidegger the Fox (1953)

•Understanding Communism (1953)

•Religion and Politics (1953)

•The Ex-Communists (1953)

•An Reply to Eric Voegelin (1953)

•Dream and Nightmare (1954)

•Europe and the Atom Bomb (1954)

•The Threat of Conformism (1954)

•Concern with Politics in Recent European Philosophical Thought (1954)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805211863
Editor:
Kohn, Jerome
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Editor:
Kohn, Jerome
Author:
Arendt, Hannah
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1 in 1 lb

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