Hannah Arendt's Political Engagements

Seyla Benhabib

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:
Hannah Arendt's Political Engagements

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This chapter examines three episodes in Arendt's political life and considers her own political engagements as they illuminate her conception of political agency. It covers, first, her Jewish politics in the interwar years, from 1926 to 1941; second is the phase from 1941 to 1948, referred to as the “heartbreak over the Jewish state”; and third is her engagement with the American republic from the early 1960s onward, which may be named “citizenship in a new republic”.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; political life; political agency; Jewish politics; citizenship

Chapter.  3542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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