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On Violence by Hannah Arendt
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Jul 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: thesis-reading, read-in-2010, essay

Arendt wrote these essays (?) at what I see as the climax of the 20th-century. Students and extremist groups were making trouble all over the world, and Arendt tries to make sense of it all. Her conclusions and opinions aren't always sensitive or nice (my favorite is her aside that most revolutionary groups seem to have only read the first chapter of Fanon's Wretched of the Earth--spot on!), but she makes a concentrated effort to see things as they are. Are there dangers associated with attempting objective analysis of a living, breathing, writhing moment of humanity? Absolutely. But that, and a tendency towards preachiness, shouldn't take away from her provocative conclusions.
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July 20, 2010 – Started Reading
July 20, 2010 – Shelved
July 20, 2010 – Shelved as: thesis-reading
July 21, 2010 – Shelved as: read-in-2010
July 21, 2010 – Finished Reading
February 4, 2012 – Shelved as: essay

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