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Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954: Formation, Exile, and Totalitarianism [NOOK Book]

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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: ...
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Overview

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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307787033
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 789,085
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet 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.


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Table of Contents

Introduction
"What remains? the language remains" : a conversation with Gunter Gaus 1
Augustine and Protestantism 24
Philosophy and sociology 28
Soren Kierkegaard 44
Friedrich von Gentz 50
Berlin salon 57
On the emancipation of women 66
Franz Kafka : a revaluation 69
Foreign affairs in the foreign-language press 81
Approaches to the "German problem" 106
Organized guilt and universal responsibility 121
Nightmare and flight 133
Dilthey as philosopher and historian 136
The seeds of a fascist international 140
Christianity and revolution 151
Power politics triumphs 156
No longer and not yet 158
What is existential philosophy? 163
French existentialism 188
The ivory tower of common sense 194
The image of hell 197
The nation 206
Dedication to Karl Jaspers 212
Rand school lecture 217
Religion and the intellectuals 228
Social science techniques and the study of concentration camps 232
The aftermath of Nazi rule : report from Germany 248
The eggs speak up 270
At table with Hitler 285
Mankind and terror 297
Understanding and politics (the difficulties of understanding) 307
On the nature of totalitarianism : an essay in understanding 328
Heidegger the fox 361
Understanding communism 363
Religion and politics 368
The ex-communists 391
A reply to Eric Voegelin 401
Dream and nightmare 409
Europe and the atom bomb 418
The threat of conformism 423
Concern with politics in recent European philosophical thought 428
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