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Essays in Understanding: 1930-1954

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Few thinkers have tackled the political horrors and complexities of this century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. A philosophic champion of human freedom, she was among the first to draw the now-evident parallel between Nazism and Bolshevism and to identify totalitarianism as a threat inherent to the modern world. Jerome Kohn, Arendt's longtime assistant, has compiled, edited, and annotated her manuscripts for publication, beginning with some of her earliest published work ...
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hardcover 1st ed New York. 1994. Harcourt Brace. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 458 pages. hardcover. 0151728178. Jacket design by Trina Stahl. Previously ... Uncollected & Unpublished Works. keywords: Politics Women Philosophy. inventory # 19842. FROM THE PUBLISHER-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 irresistibly drawn to the activity of understanding, in an effort to endow historical, 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 later investigations into the nature of totalitarianism that Arendt set down after THE ORIGINS OF TOTALI Read more Show Less

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Overview

Few thinkers have tackled the political horrors and complexities of this century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. A philosophic champion of human freedom, she was among the first to draw the now-evident parallel between Nazism and Bolshevism and to identify totalitarianism as a threat inherent to the modern world. Jerome Kohn, Arendt's longtime assistant, has compiled, edited, and annotated her manuscripts for publication, beginning with some of her earliest published work and including essays on Augustine, Rilke, Kierkegaard, and figures of the nineteenth-century "Berlin Salon"; the loyalties of immigrant groups within the United States; the unification or "federation" of Europe; "the German problem"; religion, politics, and intellectual life; the dangers of isolation and careerism in American society; the logical consequences of "scientific" theories of Nature and History; the terror that was the organizing principle of both the Nazi and the Communist states. Two seminal essays have never before been published in complete form: "On the Nature of Totalitarianism: An Essay in Understanding" (1953) and "Concern with Politics in Recent European Philosophical Thought" (1954).
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This invigorating collection of Arendt's essays, lectures and reviews opens with a 1964 interview in which the noted political scientist and philosopher described her hair-raising escape in 1933 from Nazi Germany to Paris, then New York City. A central theme of these pieces, gathered from Partisan Review , the Nation and elsewhere, is the power of ideology to blind its adherents, whether in the service of Nazi or communist totalitarianism. Arendt (1906-1975) characterizes fascism as an antinationalist global movement inextricably linked to anti-Semitism. Elsewhere, she criticizes Sartre and Camus for nihilistic thinking. This first of three volumes of Arendt's uncollected works includes essays on Kafka's nightmare world, Kierkegaard, Augustine's Confessions as prototype of the modern psychological novel, Berlin cutural salons of the 1790s (which were open to Jewish women and men), the threat of nuclear war and Europe's image of the U.S. as a rootless nation. (Feb.)
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Hannah Arendt sometimes denied that she was a philosopher, but these essays tell us why she may be remembered as the quintessential philosopher of our time. A German Jewish woman, she grew up in a country rich in thought and culture but unable to protect simple human decency. She fled to America, where political life was still possible but intellectuals were regarded as performers in a mental circus--entertaining but of little ultimate importance. To bring the two together, Arendt defined herself as a political theorist. But these essays show the roots of her political theory deep in the Western past; St. Augustine and Kant above all are visible. Her essays light up issues--the emancipation of women, federalism in eastern Europe, and many others--in a way that often makes them seem as if they were written yesterday. Briefly the mistress of Heidegger (noted here as a ``fox'' who ``built a trap as his burrow'') and the lifelong friend of Jaspers, she never became the prisoner of any movement. None of these essays is technical, and the translations are lucid. This first of three volumes of her uncollected or unpublished essays should have a place in any sizable library.-- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
Alice Joyce
Hannah Arendt, distinguished writer, teacher, and humanist, died in 1975. Although she considered herself to be a political theorist and not a philosopher, from her earliest years her primary intellectual activity was that of seeking "to understand." In this collection of articles and essays--spanning nearly 25 years--Arendt exhibits a decidedly philosophical nature and the global concerns of a political scientist. Existentialism, Kierkegaard, and Kafka are featured topics. The "German problem," fascism, and the horrors of Nazism all come under the scrutiny of this exhilarating thinker, who tackled issues most crucial to life in the middle decades of the twentieth century, and to contemporary life as well. Two more volumes of Arendt's unpublished works are to follow later.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780151728176
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.68 (d)

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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