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Love and Saint Augustine

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Hannah Arendt began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine's concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic life came to a halt in 1933, Arendt carried her dissertation into exile in France, and years later took the same battered and stained copy to Ne ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 26th 1998 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1928)
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Jon Stout
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sages and saints
Shelves: philosophy, religion
The core of this book is a newly edited version of Hannah Arendt’s 1929 Ph.D. dissertation on Saint Augustine’s conception of love. As a student of Martin Heidegger and Karl Jaspers, she approached the topic from an existentialist point of view, that is by trying to grasp how Augustine understood love as a way of being in the world. Though surprising for a Jewish scholar to choose a Christian saint to study, the approach was not uncommon in German universities of the Weimar Republic. Her approac ...more
Stan Murai
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love and Saint Augustine is a translation plus
a philosophical analysis and interpretation of the
dissertation of Hannah Arendt, one of the twentieth
century's most well-known writers and political
philosophers. It first appeared in German as
Der Liebesbegriff bei Augustin in 1929, but
was not reissued during her lifetime. This translation
was partially completed by Arendt 1964/65 and revised
by Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and Judith Chelius Starkthe;
the English-American edition came out only in 1
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity, politcs
Understanding society (a recent concept) and the individual soul was a lifetime passion for Arnedt. This is a very good book, and it is interesting she starts out her major writing career with Augustine.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une analyse complexe et étendue de plusieurs notions chez Saint Augustin ... il faut s’accrocher...mais certains passages sont passionnants
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This book is a gem! The best title I have ever read on this unequivocal subject -- it should be mandatory reading on any reading list. It is deep, penetrating, and brilliantly researched.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, philosophy
Religious text pretty much. Love is love of god, self love. Love is how you approach the world. It was the right book for me at the right time in my life.
I'm a convert!
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Truly an enjoyable and accessible read.
Neil Gussman
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Hannah Arendt knows more about Christianity than most Christians I know.
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Ein beeindruckendes Buch. Es hat eine unglaubliche Dichte, die der Verständlichkeit aber nicht abträglich ist.
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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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