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Book Title: Men in Dark Times|
Date of issue: March 25th 1970
ISBN 13: 9780156588904
The author of the book: Hannah Arendt
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.84 MB
Edition: Harvest Books
Read full description of the books Men in Dark Times:We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human.
This was a splendid book to tackle on a holiday. I had read the section on Walter Benjamin before and it was a treat t confront it again. The sections on Rosa Luxemburg and Bertolt Brecht were my favorites, though the piece on the poet Randall Jarrell was unexpectedly moving. Each of these portraits illuminate or fuel Arendt's notion of the public; the limits of this thought become uneasily befogged in practice where one must consider the point Brecht made: it is more important to do good, to make the world a better place than to simply be a good person. The anecdote is related that once Brecht was dining with Sidney Hooks and when asked about the Moscow Show Trial Brecht responded that if they were innocent of the charges then of course they should die. Ponder that, will you.
Read information about the authorHannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a number of academic positions at various American universities until her death in 1975. She is best known for two works that had a major impact both within and outside the academic community. The first, The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951, was a study of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes that generated a wide-ranging debate on the nature and historical antecedents of the totalitarian phenomenon. The second, The Human Condition, published in 1958, was an original philosophical study that investigated the fundamental categories of the vita activa (labor, work, action). In addition to these two important works, Arendt published a number of influential essays on topics such as the nature of revolution, freedom, authority, tradition and the modern age. At the time of her death in 1975, she had completed the first two volumes of her last major philosophical work, The Life of the Mind, which examined the three fundamental faculties of the vita contemplativa (thinking, willing, judging).
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