Summary: Although Hannah Arendt is not primarily known as a Jewish thinker, she probably wrote more about Jewish issues than any other topic. As a young adult in Germany, she wrote about German Jewish history. After moving to France in 1933, she helped Jewish… More
Summary: In The Promise of Politics, Hannah Arendt examines the conflict between philosophy and politics. In particular, she shows how the tradition of Western political thought, which extends from Plato and Aristotle to its culmination in Marx, failed to… More
Summary: Responsibility and Judgment gathers together unpublished writings from the last decade of Arendt’s life, where she addresses fundamental questions and concerns about the nature of evil and the making of moral choices. At the heart of the book is a… More
Summary: Few thinkers have addressed the political horrors and ethical complexities of the twentieth century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. She was irresistible drawn to the activity of understanding, in an effort to… More
Summary: Hannah Arendt’s last philosophical work was an intended three-part project entitled The Life of the Mind. Unfortunately, Arendt lived to complete only the first two parts, Thinking and Willing. Of the third, Judging, only the title page,… More
Summary: A collection of Arendt’s essays and letters on: The Destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis, The Relationship of World Jewry to the State of Israel, Israel and the Arabs, The Historical Position of Jews within Modern Western Society.
Summary: Arendt’s final, unfinished, work. A rich, challenging analysis of man’s mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging.
Summary: A collection of studies in which Arendt, from the standpoint of a political philosopher, views the crises of the 1960s and early 1970s as challenges to the American form of government. Table of Contents: Civil Disobedience On Violence Thoughts on… More
Summary: An analysis of the nature, causes, and significance of violence in the second half of the twentieth century. Arendt also reexamines the relationship between war, politics, violence, and power.
Summary: “Dark times” is Brecht’s phrase, and Hannah Arendt uses it not to suggest that those she writes about are “mouthpieces of the Zeitgeist” (none in fact fit such roles), but, rather, that the routine repetitive horrors of… More
Abstract: For this short hour, I should like to raise an apparently odd question. My question is: What does an active life consist of? What do we do when we are active? In asking this question, I shall assume that the age-old distinction between two ways of… More
Abstract: Although I agree with what I think are the two main statements of Mr. Feinberg’s paper, I must admit that I had some difficulty with it. My agreement concerns his firm distinction between guilt and responsibility. “Collective responsibility,”… More
Abstract: Reflections about thinking. Writer gives the answer of Greek thinkers to the question: “What makes us think?” They felt that philosophizing transforms mortals into godlike creatures. In pre-philosophic Greece men strove for immortality by… More
Abstract: Reflections about thinking. Thinking, willing, and judgment are the three basic mental activities; they cannot be derived from each other and they cannot be reduced to a common denominator. To the question “What makes us think?” there is… More
Abstract: Reflections about thinking. Writer gives the reasons why she is preoccupied with mental activities: 1) The thoughtlessness of evil as demonstrated by the Nazi Adolf Eichmann at his trial in Jerusalem; 2) What are we doing when we do nothing but… More
(Reprinted in S.B. Warner, The American Experiment. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1976, pp. 61-77, with Arendt’s comments.) Introduction: The crises of the Republic, of this form of government and its institutions of liberty, could be detected for… More
Summary: Reflections about memories of the poet Wystan Auden, who died Sept. 28, 1973. Quotes from several of his poems; gives comments of some who wrote about him; discusses his personality & work. Writer met Auden in 1958 and they were good friends.
Reprinted in Crises of the Republic. Introduction: The Pentagon Papers, like so much else in history, tell different stories, teach different lessons to different readers. Some claim they have only now understood that Vietnam was the “logical” outcome of… More
(Originally in German, Merkur 10 : 893-902. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. Reprinted in English in Michael Murray, ed., Heidegger and Modern Philosophy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978.) Introduction: Martin Heidegger’s eightieth birthday… More
Penguin Classics and Zeitgeist Films, in collaboration with Deutsches Haus at NYU present “Hannah Arendt: The Woman Behind the Film: A panel discussion featuring the cast and crew of the new motion picture, Hannah Arendt.” Panelists include… More
Edna Brocke, Hannah Arendt’s niece and heir, speaks about her aunt and the continuing controversies over her legacy.
Historian Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, former Director of the Yad Vashem Archives, discusses Hannah Arendt, Adolf Eichmann, and How Evil Isn’t Banal. The video is part of the series “Insights and Perspectives from Holocaust Researchers and… More
Judith Butler speaking about Hannah Arendts study of Adolph Eichmann and lecturing about genocide, plurality, Kant and the categorical imperative, juridical law, performativity, and the formation of Israel in a lecture entitled Hannah Arendt, Ethics, and… More