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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791434842

ISBN-13: 9780791434840

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Applies the perspectives of gender and ethnicity in a feminist analysis of the Eichmann controversy and offers a wholly new interpretation of Arendt's work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem to The Life of the Mind.

In this book, Jennifer Ring offers a wholly new interpretation of Hannah Arendt’s work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem, with its bitter reception by

Overview

Applies the perspectives of gender and ethnicity in a feminist analysis of the Eichmann controversy and offers a wholly new interpretation of Arendt's work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem to The Life of the Mind.

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 stereotypes 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.

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)

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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