Hannah Arendt Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Arendt, Hannah and Mary McCarthy. Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Benhabib, Seyla. The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1996. Drawing on Arendt’s cultural background, life experiences, and philosophical influences, Benhabib has provided a critical account of Arendt’s thought.

Bernstein, Richard J. Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996. Bernstein argues how certain events in Arendt’s life and how she responded to these events directed her thinking and greatly influenced her body of work.

Bradshaw, Leah. Acting and Thinking: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989. Deals with the problem of evil and Hannah Arendt’s major texts on totalitarianism, revolution, democracy, the life of the mind, and political responsibility. Contains notes, bibliography, and index.

Carnovan, Margaret. Hannah Arendt: A Reinterpretation of Her Political Thought. London: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Contains chapters on The Origins of Totalitarianism, on The Human Condition, and on Arendt’s view of morality and politics, philosophy and politics, and republicanism. Carnovan believes that Arendt is “widely misunderstood” because her views are original and disturbingly unorthodox.

Courtine-Denamy, Sylvie. Three Women in Dark Times: Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Or “Amor Fati, Amor Mundi.” Translated by G. M. Goshgarian. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2000. A study of these three Jewish women philosophers against the background of wartime Europe.

Figal, Günter. For a Philosophy of Freedom and Strife: Politics, Aesthetics, Metaphysics. Translated by Wayne Klein. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. This book consists of essays ranging in subject matter from aesthetics to political philosophy. Contains studies on Hannah Arendt and others.

Isaac, Jeffrey C. Arendt, Camus, and Modern Rebellion. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1992. Covers totalitarianism, power, humanism, rebellion, and democratic politics. Isaac argues that Albert Camus and Arendt were distinctive in arguing for a common human condition that makes a politics of human rights imperative.

Kristeva, Julia. Hannah Arendt: Life Is a Narrative. Translated by Frank Collins. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2001. The published lectures of one German woman philosopher on another.

Pierpont, Claudia Roth. Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World. New York: Knopf, 2000.

Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth. Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

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After Hannah Arendt (uh-REHNT) became a refugee from Adolf Hitler and Nazism, she devoted her scholarly efforts to the philosophical analysis of the events and conditions that had led to the rise of totalitarianism and to the pervasive sense of personal, social, and political alienation in the second half of the twentieth century. She was the only child of Paul Arendt, an engineer, and Martha Cohn Arendt. The family moved to Königsberg when she was young, and she subsequently studied at the local university and at the University of Heidelberg, where in 1928 she received a doctorate for her dissertation on the concept of love in Saint Augustine’s writing. The three scholars who most strongly influenced her were Edmund Husserl, Karl Jaspers, and Martin Heidegger.

As a result of the official anti-Semitism of the Nazi regime, Arendt was forced to emigrate to Paris in 1933. There she studied, wrote, and worked with the Youth Aliyah, a relief organization that found homes in Palestine for Jewish orphans. The National Socialist threat to France prompted Arendt’s emigration in 1940 to the United States, where she lived until her death, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1950. From 1944 to 1946 Arendt was research director for the Conference of Jewish Relations. She served as chief editor of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948, and in 1952 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and began to devote more time to research and writing. Despite her excellent training and credentials, she was unable to secure permanent academic appointments until 1963, when she was appointed to the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. In 1967 she joined the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research....

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(Survey of World Philosophers)

Article abstract: One of the most challenging political philosophers of the twentieth century, Arendt adopted an Aristotelian approach to explore the origins of totalitarianism, the structure of human consciousness, and the nature of violence and evil.

Early Life

Hannah Arendt was the only child of Paul Arendt and Martha (Cohn) Arendt, a German-Jewish couple who lived in Hannover. Arendt’s father was an engineer, and the family moved to the town of Königsberg, the former capital of East Prussia, where the young Hannah grew up. She attended the University of Königsberg shortly after World War I, receiving a bachelor’s degree from that institution in 1924. Later that same year,...

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(Critical Survey of Ethics and Literature)

Author Profile

A student of philosophers Karl Jaspers and Martin Heidegger, Arendt, a German Jew, fled Europe for the United States in 1941. She taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City and at the University of Chicago. Arendt claimed that, beginning with Plato, the Western tradition has tended to denigrate human action by misconstruing it as production—that is, as something fabricated by a craftsman—and by valorizing the solitary life of contemplation rather than the plural realm of interaction. As a result, the political realm of human interaction is not given intrinsic value and is misconstrued as the mere execution of rules dictated by a “master,” as in the workshop of the...

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