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The Arendt Cult

Walter Laqueur

in Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220560
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220560.003.0004
The Arendt Cult

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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a philosopher, historian, sociologist, and journalist; she wrote poetry but also wrote on technology; she had an interest in theology but also reviewed Kafka, Benjamin, and Brecht. This chapter reflects on one central aspect of her life, that of a political analyst and commentator. No other twentieth-century philosopher and political thinker has at the present time as wide an echo. The Library of Congress Catalogue shows more than fifty books written about her and also comparing her with fellow thinkers such as Margaret Duras, Camus, Jiirgen Habermas, Leo Strauss, and others. The German railway runs a Hannah Arendt Express from Karlsruhe to Hannover, the German postal services have a Hannah Arendt stamp, and there are streets named for Hannah Arendt. All of this tends to show that Hannah Arendt has been more successful than any other German philosopher, living or dead.

Keywords: political analyst; commentator; German philosopher

Chapter.  8127 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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