Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen

  title={Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen},
  author={Joanne Cutting-Gray},
  journal={Philosophy and Literature},
  pages={229 - 245}
ion help to illuminate a kind of social praxis that reduces the human to a cipher. By creating distance between Rahel and the reader, Arendt reveals that introspective consciousness leaves no space for the particularity of others to make their claims upon her, to call her to act alongside them, to appear to her as real persons. And this is exactly how Rahel views others—Finckenstein included. To her he appears less an embodied possibility than a kind of schemata, a map pointing a way out of the… 

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