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Thinking in Dark Times

Roger Berkowitz

in Thinking in Dark Times

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230754
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0001
Thinking in Dark Times

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief review of Hannah Arendt's works, including Men in Dark Times where she responds to what she calls the light of the public that obscures everything; and The Origins of Totalitarianism, where she examines the roots of totalitarianism in rootlessness, loneliness, and thoughtlessness. It argues that for Arendt, what is needed in dark times are people who think and who, in thinking, make for themselves the space to judge. Instead of reason, Arendt teaches the supreme importance of thinking—the habit of erecting obstacles to oversimplifications, compromises, and conventions. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; darkness; evil; thinking; totalitarianism; rootlessness; loneliness; thoughtlessness

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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