Hannah Arendt (14th October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was a hugely influential political theorist, writing in both German and English from her doctoral thesis in 1929 until her death in 1975. Many people often refer to Arendt as a Philosopher – although Arendt explicitly rejected this label herself (this was due in part to her many criticisms of the history of Western philosophy).
Throughout her life Hannah Arendt published works ranging from discussions on the general state of the Human Condition and the Life of the Mind, to the specific cases of totalitarianism in Europe and Russia, the revolutions of America and France, and the trial of former SS Officer Adolf Eichmann. Thematically many of Arendt’s works deal with politics, freedom, plurality, thinking, and modernity.
*In 2016 an interesting documentary on Arendt was produced by Go2 Films. The film Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt is now available to rent on Vimeo (click above)*
If you want quick and clickable biographies of Hannah Arendt you can try the following links:
There have also been a handful of biographies published in print on Hannah Arendt’s life. If you have the inclination, they are well worth reading…
Young-bruehl, E., (2004) Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Yale University Press
Jones, K.B., (2013) Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt, Thinking Women Books
Heller, A.C., (2015) Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times, Icons – Amazon Publishing
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