Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought

Shai Lavi

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:
Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought

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In the winter of 1932-1933, correspondence between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt was abruptly terminated. It requires little imagination or speculation to understand the cause of the long and lasting silence between the two. More disquieting for some, above all for Arendt herself, was the revival of this relationship, beginning in February 1950. This chapter argues that for Arendt, Heidegger posed a problem bigger than the romantic drama depicted by some of her biographers, and a moral dilemma that went far beyond the failings of one individual. Arendt's confrontation with Heidegger involved more weighty concerns, and it is these that led her to contemplate the phenomenon of reconciliation, forgiveness, and judgment.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Martin Heidegger; forgiveness; reconciliation; judgment

Chapter.  3096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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