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Hannah Arendt

Steven Maloney

in Political Science

ISBN: 9780199756223
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0090
Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt (b. 1906–d. 1975) was a singular political theorist and a voracious reader. Arendt’s works show traces of influence from a diverse cross-section of political writers. Her works are noted for their similarities to the civic republic tradition, existential philosophy, critical theory, and pragmatism, to name a few. Despite these influences, her work is difficult to pigeonhole into any single category. Her academic voice and theoretical positions also changed over time. Indeed, her work can be compared to that of a painter who composes sketches and studies to work out the contours of form and method before creating a major work. Arendt’s diverse “sketches and studies,” as well as the breadth of her references and influences, have resulted in divergent interpretations of her work from academics and readers alike.

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Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions ; Political Methodology ; Political Theory

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