Political Consequences of Thinking

Political Consequences of Thinking

by Ring
     
 

In this book, Jennifer Ring offers a wholly new interpretation of Hannah Arendt's work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem, with its bitter reception by the Jewish community, to The Life of the Mind. Departing from previous scholarship, Ring applies the perspectives of gender and ethnicity to investigate the extent to which Arendt's identity as a Jewish woman influenced both… See more details below

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In this book, Jennifer Ring offers a wholly new interpretation of Hannah Arendt's work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem, with its bitter reception by the Jewish community, to The Life of the Mind. Departing from previous scholarship, Ring applies the perspectives of gender and ethnicity to investigate the extent to which Arendt's identity as a Jewish woman influenced both her thought and its reception. Ring's analysis of Zionist and assimilationist responses to century-old antisemitic sexual stereo-types leads her to argue that Arendt's criticism of European Jewish leadership during the Holocaust was bound to be explosive. New York and Israeli Jews shared a rare moment of unity in their condemnation of Arendt, charging that she had betrayed the Jewish community - the kind of charge, Ring contends, often leveled against women who dare to speak out publicly against prominent men in their own cultural or racial groups. The book moves from a feminist analysis of the Eichmann controversy to a discussion of Jewish themes in the structure and content of Arendt's major theoretical works. Ring makes a powerful contribution to an understanding of Arendt, and of multiculturalism, demonstrating that Arendt's most sustained philosophical work was influenced as much by her Jewish heritage as by her German education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900791434849
Publisher:
Suny Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Politics of the Eichmann Controversy21
Ch. 3Israel and the Holocaust43
Ch. 4The New York Intellectuals and Eichmann in Jerusalem91
Ch. 5Race, Gender and Judaism: The Eichmann Controversy as Case Study109
Ch. 6Transition157
Ch. 7Biblical and Rabbinic Approaches to Thinking173
Ch. 8Greek and Hebrew: The Structure of Thinking195
Ch. 9Toward Understanding Arendt as a Jewish Thinker213
Ch. 10The Pariah and Parvenu in Thinking231
Ch. 11Jewish Themes in Political Action and History255
Ch. 12Conclusion275
AppReviews of Raul Hilberg's The Destruction of the European Jews289
Notes297
Selected Bibliography337
Index349

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