Letters by Hannah Arendt

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When they first met in 1925, Martin Heidegger was a star of German intellectual life and Hannah Arendt was his earnest young student. What happened between them then will never be known, but both would cherish their brief intimacy for the rest of their lives.
The ravages of history would soon take them in quite different directions. After Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, Heidegger became rector of the university in Freiburg, delivering a notorious pro-Nazi address that has been the subject of considerable controversy. Arendt, a Jew, fled Germany the same year, heading first to Paris and then to New York. In the decades to come, Heidegger would be recognized as perhaps the most significant philosopher of the twentieth century, while Arendt would establish herself as a voice of conscience in a century of tyranny and war.
Illuminating, revealing, and tender throughout, this correspondence offers a glimpse into the inner lives of two major philosophers.


About Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) taught political science and philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York and the University of Chicago. Widely acclaimed as a brilliant and original thinker, her works include Eichmann in Jerusalem and The Human Condition.Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century. His works include Being and Time, The Question Concerning Technology, and An Introduction to Metaphysics.
Published December 1, 2003 by Harcourt. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Andrew Sullivan writes, ''After creating the ghetto, the church in the mid-16th century laid down what Jews could do and earn and how they could live.'' In fact, the church had promulgated these anti-Semitic doctrines at the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, which passed laws excluding Jews from pu...

Feb 11 2001 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

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''My greatest vice,'' Macdonald wrote to a friend in 1929, when he was just a few years out of Yale and working for Fortune, ''is my easily aroused indignation.'' That same capacity, he added, was also the source of his strength: ''I can work up a moral indignation quicker than a fat tennis playe...

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Gershom Scholem: A Life in Letters, 1914-1982 ed & trans by Anthony David Skinner 512pp, Harvard, £23.95 Gershom Scholem remains a central figure in the history of Jewish thought.

Aug 24 2002 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

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This collection from German scholar Ludz covers the three major stages of their lives: their initial intimacy while Heidegger was a professor and Arendt a budding young student, the years following their dramatic separation as Heidegger rose through the university ranks during the Nazi regime, wh...

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Open Letters Monthly

Nehring dismisses those who do not aspire to her particular vision of love: “The emotionally and intellectually dull do not fall in love hard or long.” But there are many people who are ill-positioned to fall in love hard and long.

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London Review of Books

For while Laqueur chides Stern for eschewing football matches and draws a dismissive contrast between Stern’s interest in ideas and Bildung and the laudable attention paid by others to ‘sexuality’, what seems particularly to vex him is that Stern is so venerated in Germany – and not, like Mosse f...

Sep 20 2007 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

London Review of Books

The novel’s spokeswoman says: ‘If I were in America, I’d be an octoroon … I am but an eighth Maori, by heart, spirit and inclination I feel all Maori – or I used to – the Mariotanga has got lost in the way I live.’ Mariotanga – Maoriness, as the necessary appendix tells us – pervades the book in ...

Dec 19 1985 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

London Review of Books

Tom Paulin, in a disgraceful, so-called ‘review’ of Re-Reading English (LRB, 17 June), claims ridiculously that the contributors, of which I am one, ‘are collectively of the opinion that English is a dying subject.’ They ‘reject printed texts’, ‘share a deep hatred of art’, are ‘united’ in a ‘des...

Aug 19 1982 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

The New York Review of Books

When the correspondence became regular and frequent in 1945 (there are only thirty letters out of the 433 printed here from the years before then), Hannah Arendt was in New York leading what she called the “infinitely complex red-tape existence of stateless persons,” while Jaspers was in Heidelbe...

May 13 1993 | Read Full Review of Letters : 1925-1975

Boston Review

The turn to Arendt seemed promising to some because of suggestive remarks—scattered throughout Arendt’s works, though never systematically elaborated—about the potential of worker’s councils and local democracy as vehicles of “political authenticity.” What always struck me as odd about this Are...

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