Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 22, 2010 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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Two titans of twentieth-century thought: their lives, loves, ideas, and politics.

Shaking up the content and method by which generations of students had studied Western philosophy, Martin Heidegger sought to ennoble man’s existence in relation to death. Yet in a time of crisis, he sought personal advancement, becoming the most prominent German intellectual to join the Nazis.

Hannah Arendt, his brilliant, beautiful student and young lover, sought to enable a decent society of human beings in relation to one other. She was courageous in the time of crisis. Years later, she was even able to meet Heidegger once again on common ground and to find in his past behavior an insight into Nazism that would influence her reflections on “the banality of evil”—a concept that remains bitterly controversial and profoundly influential to this day.

But how could Arendt have renewed her friendship with Heidegger? And how has this relationship affected her reputation as a cultural critic? In Stranger from Abroad, Daniel Maier-Katkin offers a compassionate portrait that provides much-needed insight into this relationship.

Maier-Katkin creates a detailed and riveting portrait of Arendt’s rich intellectual and emotional life, shedding light on the unique bond she shared with her second husband, Heinrich Blücher, and on her friendships with Mary McCarthy, W. H. Auden, Karl Jaspers, and Randall Jarrell—all fascinating figures in their own right. An elegant, accessible introduction to Arendt’s life and work, Stranger from Abroad makes a powerful and hopeful case for the lasting relevance of Arendt’s thought.
 

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This book examtions the relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger, is exploring that relationship we explore forgivness and what is evil. A great read, love this book! Read full review

STRANGER FROM ABROAD: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Two of the 20th-century's great thinkers become entangled in romance, the Holocaust, estrangement and reconciliation.In 1924, Hannah Arendt (1906-1965) was a student of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) at ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
23
Section 3
35
Section 4
42
Section 5
51
Section 6
61
Section 7
67
Section 8
81
Section 21
211
Section 22
222
Section 23
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Section 24
235
Section 25
245
Section 26
261
Section 27
268
Section 28
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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About the author (2010)

Daniel Maier-Katkin is a professor of criminology and criminal justice and a Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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