A Catholic Conversation with Hannah Arendt

James Bernauer, S.J.

in Friends on the Way

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228119
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236985 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

A Catholic Conversation with Hannah Arendt

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This chapter examines the theological belief and philosophy of German Jewish theorist Hannah Arendt from a Catholic perspective. It delineates the common ground that Arendt puts forward for human cooperation and solidarity, and analyses her criticism on Christianity, which was fundamental for her own articulation of worldly faith. It also discusses the relevance of her notion of forgiveness to Jewish–Catholic relations in general and to Jewish–Jesuit reconciliation in particular.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Jewish theorist; human cooperation; solidarity; forgiveness; Jewish–Catholic relations; Jewish–Jesuit reconciliation

Chapter.  8253 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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