The Portable Hannah Arendt

The Portable Hannah Arendt

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  • ISBN 9780142437568
  • 640 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A collection of writings by a groundbreaking political thinker

Although Hannah Arendt is considered one of the major contributors to social and political thought in the twentieth century, this is the first general anthology of her writings. This volume includes selections from her major works, including The Origins of TotalitarianismBetween Past and FutureMen in Dark TimesThe Jew as Pariahand The Human Condition, as well as many shorter writings and letters. Sections include extracts from her work on fascism, Marxism, and totalitarianism; her treatment of work and labor; her writings on politics and ethics; and a section on truth and the role of the intellectual.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Table of Contents

The Portable Hannah ArendtEditor’s Introduction
Principal Dates
Bibliographical Notes

I. Overview: What Remains?
What Remains? The Language Remains: A Conversation with Günter Gaus

II. Stateless Persons
That “Infinitely Complex Red-tape Exixtence”
From a Letter to Karl Jaspers
The Perplexities of the RIghts of Man
The Jewish Army-The Beginning of a Jewish Politics?
Jewess and Shlemihl (1771-1795)
Writing Rahel Varnhagen. From a Letter to Karl Jaspers

III. Totalitarianism
The Jews and Society
Total Domination
Organized Guilt and Universal Responsibility
A Reply to Eric Voegelin

IV. The Vita Activa
Labor, Work, Action
The Public and the Private Realm
Reflections on Little Rock
The Social Question
The Concept of History: Ancient and Modern

V. Banality and Conscience: The Eichmann Trial and its Implications
From Eichmann in Jerusalem
An Expert on the Jewish Question
The Final Solution: Killing
The Wannasee Conference, or Pontious Pilate

Holes of Oblivion: The Eichmann Trial and Totalitarianism. From a Letter to Mary McCarthy
A Daughter of Out People
A Response to Gershom Scholem
From The Life of the Mind (volume 1)
The Answer of Socrates
The Two-in-One

VI. Revolution
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919)
What Is Freedom?
What Is Authority?
The Revolutionary Tradition and Its Lost Treasure

VII. Of Truth and Traps
Heidegger the Fox
Truth and Politics


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