Hannah Arendt, 1906–1975

  title={Hannah Arendt, 1906–1975},
  author={Dana Richard Villa},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={20 - 36}
  • D. Villa
  • Published 27 February 2009
  • Sociology
  • The Review of Politics
Abstract This essay provides an overview of the life and theoretical concerns of Hannah Arendt. It traces the way her experience as a German Jew in the 1930s informed her analysis of totalitarianism in The Origins of Totalitarianism and her idea of the “banality of evil” in Eichmann in Jerusalem. The essay takes issue with those of Arendt's critics who detect a lack of “love of the Jewish people” in her writing. It also traces the way Arendt's encounter with totalitarian evil led to a deeper… Expand
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