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Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem$
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Steven Aschheim

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220560.001.0001

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The Arendt Cult

The Arendt Cult

Hannah Arendt as Political Commentator

(p.47) The Arendt Cult
Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Walter Laqueur

University of California Press

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a philosopher, historian, sociologist, and journalist; she wrote poetry but also wrote on technology; she had an interest in theology but also reviewed Kafka, Benjamin, and Brecht. This chapter reflects on one central aspect of her life, that of a political analyst and commentator. No other twentieth-century philosopher and political thinker has at the present time as wide an echo. The Library of Congress Catalogue shows more than fifty books written about her and also comparing her with fellow thinkers such as Margaret Duras, Camus, Jiirgen Habermas, Leo Strauss, and others. The German railway runs a Hannah Arendt Express from Karlsruhe to Hannover, the German postal services have a Hannah Arendt stamp, and there are streets named for Hannah Arendt. All of this tends to show that Hannah Arendt has been more successful than any other German philosopher, living or dead.

Keywords:   political analyst, commentator, German philosopher

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