Political Consequences of Thinking, The

Political Consequences of Thinking, The

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 influenced both…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
There is now a fast-growing library of Arendt commentaries, expositions, critiques, and quarrels, but Jennifer Ring's book is something else; an engagement. She thinks along with her subject-both giving and growing in the exciting process.— Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Haverford College, author of Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World

"A hard-hitting, learned, and original analysis of a problem that has been largely neglected in Arendt scholarship. Some readers will love it and others will hate it, but it is a major contribution that no one interested in Arendt's career will be able to ignore. It provides a valuable corrective to the two dominant readings of Arendt in the literature: Arendt as existentialist/phenomenologist and Arendt as Grecophile/republican. This is a mature work by a mature scholar who has been thinking about and working with Arendt's ideas for some time."— Sandra Hinchman, St. Lawrence University, coeditor of Hannah Arendt: Critical Essays

"Jennifer Ring has written a challenging, spirited book that will surely move scholarly studies of Hannah Arendt onto new terrain of contestation and controversy. Ring places the problems of Jewish identity and gender directly at the center of Arendt's thinking and thereby shines a spotlight on the Jewish woman who has been obscured in most studies of Arendt's political thought. The first part of the book reignites the firestorm over Eichmann in Jerusalem with a provocative and sustained inquiry into the gendered politics of Jewish intellectualism. The second part identifies an unresolved tension in Arendt's own writings between German philosophizing and 'Jewish thinking.' Although Arendt sought to assimilate to the respectability of the classical tradition, Ring contends, certain themes and features of her thinking resolutely exhibit the influence of a Jewish heritage that ultimately cannot be denied. This engaging and combative book will surely provoke new debates within the already exciting field of Arendt studies."— Mary G. Dietz, University of Minnesota, author of Between the Human and the Divine: The Political Thought of Simone Weil

"This is a challenging, original, and engaging piece. Ring touches upon crucial themes and issues with courage and theoretical sophistication. She is fully aware of the originality and significance of her claim. Great insights are captured beautifully; memorable ideas and articulation abound in this work." — Alkis Kontos, University of Toronto

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438417394
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
728 KB

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.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >