Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954: Formation, Exile, and Totalitarianism

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2011 - Philosophy - 496 pages
2 Reviews
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 endow historic, political, and cultural events with meaning. Essays in Understanding assembles many of Arendt’s writings from the 1930s, 1940s, and into the 1950s. Included here are illuminating discussions of St. Augustine, existentialism, Kafka, and Kierkegaard: relatively early examinations of Nazism, responsibility and guilt, and the place of religion in the modern world: and her later investigations into the nature of totalitarianism that Arendt set down after The Origins of Totalitarianism was published in 1951. The body of work gathered in this volume gives us a remarkable portrait of Arendt’s developments as a thinker—and confirms why her ideas and judgments remain as provocative and seminal today as they were when she first set them down.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - GalenWiley - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - GalenWiley - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

A Revaluation
69
Foreign Affairs in the ForeignLanguage Press
81
Approaches to the German Problem
106
Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility
121
Nightmare and Flight
133
Dilthey as Philosopher and Historian
136
The Seeds of a Fascist International
140
Christianity and Revolution
151
Religion and the Intellectuals
228
Social Science Techniques and the Study of Concentration Camps
232
Report from Germany
248
The Eggs Speak
270
At Table with Hitler
285
Mankind and Terror
297
Understanding and Politics The Difficulties of Understanding
307
An Essay in Understanding
328

Power Politics Triumphs
156
No Longer and Not
158
what is Existential Philosophy?
163
French Existentialism
188
The Ivory Tower of Common Sense
194
The Image of Hell
197
The Nation
206
Dedication to Karl Jaspers
212
Rand School Lecture
217
Heidegger the
361
Understanding Communism
363
Religion and Politics
368
The ExCommunists
391
A Reply to Eric Voegelin
401
Dream and Nightmare
409
The Threat of Conformism
423
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Hannah Arendt was born in Hanover, Germany, 1906, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The New School for Social Research. Arendt died in 1975.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information