Jewish to the Core

Suzanne Vromen

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:
Jewish to the Core

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This chapter focuses on Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity and how it evolved over time. Her experience as a Jew was the foundation of all her thinking, and her Jewishness was inseparable from her work as a whole. Arendt was different from other Jewish thinkers prominent in the 20th century, such as Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Leo Strauss. While these scholars had an ahistorical appreciation of what it meant to be a Jew, Arendt undertook, through different stages, a historically rooted critique of the Enlightenment and of beliefs in Jewish assimilation.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Jewish identity; Jews; Enlightenment; Franz Rosenzweig; Gershom Scholem; Leo Strauss

Chapter.  2291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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