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Upon publication of her “field manual,” The Origins of Totalitarianism, in 1951, Hannah Arendt immediately gained recognition as a major political analyst. Over the next twenty-five years, she wrote ten more books and developed a set of ideas that profoundly influenced the way America and Europe addressed the central questions and dilemmas of World War II. In this concise ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 14th 2006 by Yale University Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it
I'm particularly interested in Arendt's concept of politics, the realm of the public or civic, people coming together to talk and act. The opposite of libertarians who only want to pay for the roads they use. A rejection of the idea that politics is essentially a question of governing, of rulership.

Other interesting ideas: "mutual promises" as the way of extending noble intentions into an uncertain future, forgiveness as a precondition for the possibility of politics, "human plurality" as a bas
Joseph Sverker
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Young-Bruehl does a very good job in explaining Arendt's main ideas and the section of forgiveness is very enlightening. It should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in political theology I think. Also for the theology student I think the idea of Christian love as not being political is well worth pondering upon - even if one would come to a different conclusion.

What I think is less interesting, sadly, are Young-Bruehl's own connections between Arendt's thinking and contemporary politic
Mark Valentine
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young-Bruehl's prose has the vitality as eloquent as an andante movement in a late Mozart symphony. In some respects, I sense the relationship she has with Arendt and in explaining Arendt to be the same affection and respect that Plato must have had in rendering Socrates--a high standard in getting 'it right' and in communicating. Thus, I recommend this introduction to Arendt's works. I will reference this, I know, in the future.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Arendt
Recommended to James by: Gerald Soliday
One of the best introductions to Arendt. It is nostalgic, at times, but Young-Bruehl weaves together a great narrative to expose the thoughts buried deep within Arendt's prose. Marizio Passerin d'Entreves also has written an excellent introduction to Arendt, called the Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt, but it is a bit more technical.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lucid introduction to Arendt appropriate for newcomers to the philosophical world. I specifically enjoyed the insight that the offer gave on Arendt's theory of judgement which was left unfinished given Young-Bruehl's personal attendance at Arendt's lectures.
Jacob Russell
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A clear, readable appreciation of the whole range of Arendt's thinking.
Excellent, accessible overview of major themes in Arendt's work.
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