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Author Berkowitz, Roger
Title Thinking in Dark Times : Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics
Imprint US : Fordham University Press, 2009
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Figures -- Preface -- Editors' Note -- Thinking in Dark Times -- Politics -- Reflections on Antisemitism -- Fiction as Poison -- A Discriminating Politics -- Hannah Arendt's Political Engagements -- What Does It Mean to Think About Politics? -- Lying and Politics -- A Lying World Order -- Lying and History -- Citizenship -- The Experience of Action -- Dissent in Dark Times -- Promising and Civil Disobedience -- Evil and Eichmann in Jerusalem -- Is Evil Banal? A Misleading Question -- Banality and Cleverness -- Judging the Events of Our Time -- Arendt's Banality of Evil Thesis and the Arab-Israeli Conflict -- Judaism and Cosmopolitanism -- Liberating the Pariah -- Hannah Arendt's Jewish Experience -- The Pariah as Rebel -- Hannah Arendt's Jewish Identity -- Jewish to the Core -- Thinking in Dark Times -- Thinking Big in Dark Times -- Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought -- Solitude and the Activity of Thinking -- Sites of Memory -- Exile Readings -- Remembering Hannah -- My Hannah Arendt Project -- Notes -- Contributors -- Index
Hannah Arendt is one of the most important political theorists of the twentieth century. This book focuses on how, against the professionalized discourses of theory, Arendt insists on the political importance of the ordinary activity of thinking. Its essays explore and enact that activity, which Arendt calls the habit of erecting obstacles to oversimplifications, compromises, and conventions. Most of these essays were written for a conference at Bard College celebrating the 100th anniversary of Arendt's birth. Bard has a special tie with Arendt. Her husband taught there for many years, and on her death Arendt left her personal library and literary effects to Bard. She is buried in the Bard College cemetery. Material from the Bard archive-such as a postcard to Arendt from Walter Benjamin or her annotation in her copy of Machiavelli's The Prince-and images from her life are interspersed with the essays in this volume. The interest of these materials, most shown here for the first time, adds to the accessibility and incisive immediacy of the essays themselves
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Berkowitz, Roger Thinking in Dark Times : Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics US : Fordham University Press,c2009 9780823230754
Subject Arendt, Hannah, -- 1906-1975 -- Political and social views.;Political ethics.;Political science -- Philosophy
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Alt Author Katz, Jeffrey
Keenan, Thomas
Antaki, Mark
Baehr, Peter
Benhabib, Seyla
Berkowitz, Roger
Bernstein, Jay
Bernstein, Richard
Birmingham, Peg
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