Hannah Arendt / Edition 1

Hannah Arendt / Edition 1

by Julia Kristeva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231121032

ISBN-13: 9780231121033

Pub. Date: 06/25/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Twenty-five years after her death, we are still coming to terms with the controversial figure of Hannah Arendt. Interlacing the life and work of this seminal twentieth-century philosopher, Julia Kristeva provides us with an elegant, sophisticated biography brimming with historical and philosophical insight.

Centering on the theme of female genius, Hannah

Overview

Twenty-five years after her death, we are still coming to terms with the controversial figure of Hannah Arendt. Interlacing the life and work of this seminal twentieth-century philosopher, Julia Kristeva provides us with an elegant, sophisticated biography brimming with historical and philosophical insight.

Centering on the theme of female genius, Hannah Arendt emphasizes three features of the philosopher's work. First, by exploring Arendt's critique of Saint Augustine and her biographical essay on Rahel Varnhagen, Kristeva accentuates Arendt's commitment to recounting lives and narration. Second, Kristeva reflects on Arendt's perspective on

Judaism, anti-Semitism, and the "banality of evil." Finally, the biography assesses Arendt's intellectual journey, placing her enthusiasm for observing both social phenomena and political events in the context of her personal life.

Drawing on fragments of Arendt's most intimate correspondence with her longtime lover Martin Heidegger and her husband Heinrich Blucher, excerpts from her mother's "Unser Kind" (a diary tracking Hannah's formative years), and passages from Arendt's philosophical writings, Kristeva presents a luminous story. With a thorough thematic index and bibliographical references, Hannah Arendt is a major breakthrough in the understanding of an essential thinker.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231121033
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2003
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

BibliographyNotesFemale Genius: General IntroductionA Biography "So Exposed''Chapter 1: Life as a NarrativeLove According to Saint AugustineChapter 2: Superfluous HumanityThe Meaning of an Example: Rahel VarnhagenChapter 3: Thinking, Willing, and JudgingArendt and Aristotle: A Defense of NarrationThe Tale of the Twentieth CenturyTo Be JewishAmong the Elements in the StructureThe Example of FranceWhat Is Modern Anti-Semitism?Imperialism... and TotalitarianismThe Banality of EvilFaith and Revolution... in Society, That Sanctified HearthThe "Who'' and the BodyThe Dialogue of the Thinking Ego: The "Split,'' Melancholy, TyrannyFrom the Interior Man to the Violence of the Life ProcessThe Taste of the Spectator: Toward a Political PhilosophyJudgment: Between Forgiveness and Promise

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