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Men in Dark Times

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Essays on Karl Jaspers, Rosa Luxemburg, Pope John XXIII, Isak Dinesen, Bertolt Brecht, Randall Jarrell, and others whose lives and work illuminated the early part of the century. Index.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 25th 1970 by Mariner Books (first published 1968)
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It is difficult to write a good review of a collection of articles and essays which do not have a common theme, some of which, frankly, are pieces written for specific occasions which may well have otherwise not found Arendt's close attention. But the quality of the writing and the interest of the content of most of the essays in this book are generally so high that I feel I must draw this book to your attention.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), originally trained as a philosopher by no less than Marti
É bom ter por perto alguém que trata do seu objeto de estudo com seriedade e respeito; não só ao objeto, mas ao mundo como um todo. Sempre agradável estar perto de Hannah Arendt.
May 13, 2012 Eric marked it as to-read
Come for the Broch, stay for the Brecht.

Karl Jaspers hizo el gran descubrimiento histórico que se convirtió en la piedra angular de su filosofía de la historia, su origen y su objetivo. La noción bíblica de que todos los hombres descienden de Adán y comparten el mismo origen y de que todos viajan hacia el mismo objetivo de la salvación y el juicio final está más allá de todo conocimiento y de toda prueba. La filosofía cristiana de la historia, desde Agustín hasta Hegel, vio en la aparición de Cristo el momento crucial
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Judith Podell
I look to Hannah Arendt for moral bearings, and this is one of her most accessible books, biographical essays of Rosa Luxemburg, Berthold Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Isak Dinesen, among others.
Cooper Renner
I'm not one for abstract and theoretical philosophizing, which takes up a good portion of this book. (In fact I skipped the second half of the Broch essay for that reason.) But in the essays which Arendt roots in discussion of literature and authors' lives--Brecht, Dinesen, Randall Jarrell--the book is quite interesting.
Arendt is always a gem to read. Definitely the first essay is the best. The next couple are worthy too, it does decline after that... but insightful always.
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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a ...more
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