The Political Consequences of Thinking: Gender and Judaism in the Work of Hannah Arendt

The Political Consequences of Thinking: Gender and Judaism in the Work of Hannah Arendt

by Jennifer 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… 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791434840
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ring is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Women’s Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, and has taught at Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Modern Political Theory and Contemporary Feminism: A Dialectical Analysis, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1
Introduction

Hannah Arendt, Judaism, and Gender

Identity Politics and Multiculturalism

Assimilation and Gender

Race and Gender

The Context of Feminist Theory

Structure and Organization of the Book

Chapter 2
The Politics of the Eichmann Controversy

Arendt and Eichmann in Jerusalem

The Controversy

Chapter 3
Israel and the Holocaust

The Dawning of Reality

The Structure of Discomfort

Attempts at Rescue

Israeli Attitudes Toward the Holocaust Victims

Postwar Negotiations with Germany

The "Kastner Trial"

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Chapter 4
The New York Intellectuals and Eichmann in Jerusalem

The New York Intellectuals and Judaism

The New York Intellectuals and the Holocaust

Postwar Politics and the New Yorkers

The New York Intellectuals and Hannah Arendt

Chapter 5
Race, Gender and Judaism: The Eichmann Controversy as Case Study

Nazis and Sexuality

Racism, Sexism, and Jewish Masculinity

Assimilation as Gendered: The Partisan Review Crowd Revisited

Jewish Women

The Eichmann Controversy, Gender, and Judaism

Chapter 6
Transition

Thinking about Eichmann

The Political Consequences of Thinking

Arendt as Jewish Gadfly

Chapter 7
Biblical and Rabbinic Approaches to Thinking

Thinking Like a Jew

The Bible

Talmud

Midrash

The Middle Ages

Mysticism

Jewish Historical Consciousness

Chapter 8
Greek and Hebrew: The Structure of Thinking

The Structure of Hebrew Thought Compared to Greek

Rabbinic Thought

Scaffolding

Chapter 9
Toward Understanding Arendt as a Jewish Thinker

A Jewish Soul in a German Scholar

The Political Trouble with Philosophy Warm-Up Exercise: An Impressionistic Reading of "Truth and Politics"

Chapter 10
The Pariah and Parvenu in Thinking

Seeing and Hearing

Classical and Jewish Orthodoxy

Socrates as Pariah

The Wordly Results of Thinking

Chapter 11
Jewish Themes in Political Action and History

Judaism and the Space for Political Action

Judaism and Arendt's Concept of History

Community in Dark Times

Chapter 12
Conclusion

Judaism

Gender

Appendix Reviews of Raul Hilberg's The Destruction of the European Jews

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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