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Why Read Hannah Arendt Now?

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Recently there has been an extraordinary international revival of interest in Hannah Arendt. She was extremely perceptive about the dark tendencies in contemporary life that continue to plague us. She developed a concept of politics and public freedom that serves as a critical standard for judging what is wrong with politics today.

Richard J. Bernstein argues that Arendt s
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Published June 11th 2018 by Polity
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robin friedman
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Arendt Revisited

The philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906 -- 1975) was born in Germany where she studied and, famously, had an affair with Martin Heidegger. With WW II, Arendt became stateless for 14 years. In 1941, Arendt escaped Europe and arrived in the United States. In 1951 she became an American citizen and lived in the United States for the rest of her life. Arendt is best-known for her controversial 1965 book "Eichmann in Jerusalem". This book has tended to overshadow the rest of Arendt
Jeff Kaye
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bernstein has squeezed the main elements of Hannah Arendt's work into 121 small pages. He does not seek to hide her faults (she was to quick to criticise blacks in America, for example, in their fight for equality) but her key insights are worth understanding. Bernstein shows how many of those insights relate to the modern world of Trump, even if we are not yet engulfed in totalitarianism as we were in the last century of Naziism and Soviet Communism.

I have read The Origins of Totalitarianism an
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In een tijd van opkomend populisme en het mainstream geraken van extreemrechts, is het gedachtegoed van Hannah Arendt actueler dan ooit. Met Why read Hannah Arendt now geeft Richard J. Bernstein een beknopte introductie op het werk en leven van de politiek denker Arendt, wier levensloop fundamenteel was voor haar denken. In korte hoofdstukken passeren de belangrijkste thema's in Arendts werk de revue: stateloosheid, het recht om rechten te hebben, haar kritiek op de natiestaat en zionisme, haar ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Una gran i experta introducció a la filosofia política d’Arendt. Múltiples són els temes tractats en aquestes poques pàgines. La comunitat com a espai polític per definició. El totalitarisme com a negació de l’individu i la dissolució de la seva essència moral i social. Els refugiats com a exclosos de la polis per antonomàsia. L’estat d’Israel en la seva evolució de somni d’alliberament a estat ètnic i sectari. La banalitat en el mal absolut.

Entre els meus passatges preferits hi apareixen la rei
Eric Cowin
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overcoming Brexit helplessness

If,like me,your educational path never led you to find the time to have a reliable modern philosophical understanding of politics ,Berstein's short but comprehensive analysis of Arendt's thoughts is invaluable.

This is for those of us who want to understand what needs to be done to find a sustainable pathway out of the Brexit morass of behaviour and debate currently engulfing us. 'Arendt' is so relevant in addressing today's complex and dangerous European political s
Karen Adkins
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Folks who know Hannah Arendt's work well won't find any surprises here, but this is an excellent short introduction to her life and work. Rather than attempt to do a broad overview, Bernstein focuses on 5 core themes in much of her work on the intersection between ethics and politics, and why they are so relevant in a world where democratic practices and commitments seem fragile. For such a short book (120 pages!), it packs in a surprising amount of substance, and is really gracefully written. ...more
Sarwa A
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The main theme of Arendt's works is statelessness. They are nobody and invisible when it comes to rules and rights. I found it very ironic though, while talking about current refugee crisis Bernstein did not mention the word Kurd, not even once, in his book, just to prove Arendt's point! ...more
May Baaklini
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great reference for Arendt beginners.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a surprisingly important book for all those interested in our common ideas of integrity, responsibility, society et cetera.
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch ist so aktuell, dass es besonders schmerzt. Wer sich mit der aktuellen Situation und gleichzeitig mit Hannah Arendt und ihren Gedanken etwas tiefer auseinander setzen will, ist hier genau richtig. Diese Analyse von Richard J. Bernstein ist besonders gut gelungen und führt dazu, dass besonders viele Textstellen angestrichen und kommentiert werden "müssen". Eine tolle Übersicht, die Lust auf mehr von Hannah Arendt macht. ...more
Antonio Delgado
This books reads like a very short introduction to Hannah Arendt. It acknowledges her work without getting into the evolution of her work. At the same time, this text deals with contemporary issues without the boldness that characterized Arendt work.
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