Hannah Arendt's Jewish Experience

Jerome Kohn

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 Jewish Experience

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This chapter addresses the question: What is the importance of Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity? It argues that applying the term Jewish identity to Arendt is problematic and suggests the replacement of the word identity with the word experience. Because to doubt the importance of what Arendt experienced as a Jew, the witness she bore to the unprecedented catastrophe that befell Jews in her time, would be more than irresponsible. It would come closer than one could possibly wish to letting something precious and vital slip through one's fingers and disappear from sight.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Jewish identity; Jews; Jewish experience

Chapter.  8542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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