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

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By Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn (Editor)
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Few thinkers have addressed the political horrors and ethical complexities of the twentieth century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. She was irresistible drawn to the activity of understanding, in an effort to endow historic, political, and cultural events with meaning. "Essays in Understanding "assembles many of Arendt's writings from the 1930s, 1940s, and into the 1950s. Included here are illuminating discussions of St. Augustine, existentialism, Kafka, and Kierkegaard: relatively early examinations of Nazism, responsibility and guilt, and the place of religion in the modern world: and her later investigations into the nature of totalitarianism that Arendt set down after "The Origins of Totalitarianism "was published in 1951. The body of work gathered in this volume gives us a remarkable portrait of Arendt's developments as a thinker and confirms why her ideas and judgments remain as provocative and seminal today as they were when she first set them down.

About the Author

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was an influential German political theorist and philosopher whose works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and Eichmann in Jerusalem.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805211863
ISBN-10: 0805211861
Publisher: Schocken Books Inc
Publication Date: June 7th, 2005
Pages: 458
Language: English