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For many years Hannah Arendt (1906--1975) has been the object of intense debate. After her bitter critiques of Zionism, which seemed to nullify her early involvement with that movement, and her extremely controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963), Arendt became virtually a taboo figure in Israeli and Jewish circles. Challenging the "curse" of her own title, Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem carries the scholarly investigation of this much-discussed writer to the very place where her ideas have been most conspicuously ignored. Sometimes sympathetically, sometimes critically, these distinguished contributors reexamine crucial aspects of Arendt's life and thought: her complex identity as a German Jew; her commitment to and critique of Zionism and the state of Israel; her works on "totalitarianism," Nazism, and the Eichmann trial; her relationship to key twentieth-century intellectuals; her intimate and tense connections to German culture; and her reworkings of political thought and philosophy in the light of the experience of the twentieth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520220577
ISBN-10: 0520220579
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven E. Aschheim

Steven E. Aschheim is Professor of Cultural and Intellectual History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His previous books include The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany, 1890--1990 (California, 1994), Culture and Catastrophe (1996), In Times of Crisis (2000), and Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer (2001).

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