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Who was Hannah Arendt?

Hannah Arendt was a German-American Political Theorist and Philosopher, however she personally rejected the “Philosophy” part of the title, and said that philosopher refers to man in its singular form and that it doesn’t properly identify gender and that it also talk of men in the singular and not about man kind in general.

Hannah Arendt was born in Linden, German Empire (present-day Hanover, Germany) on the 14 October 1906 and she died at the age of 69 on the 4 December 1975(1975-12-04) in New York City in the USA.

Hannah Arendt’s works deal mostly with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism. The Hannah Arendt Prize is named in her honor. The Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought is a prize awarded to individuals representing the tradition of political theorist Hannah Arendt, especially in regard to totalitarianism.

It was instituted by the German Heinrich Böll Foundation (affiliated with the Alliance ’90/The Greens) and the government of Bremen in 1995, and is awarded by an international jury since 1995.

Hannah Arendt was born into a secular family of German Jews in Hanover Germany, the daughter of Martha (née Cohn) and Paul Arendt.

Hannah Arendt grew up in Königsberg (renamed Kaliningrad and annexed to the Soviet Union in 1946) and Berlin. At the University of Marburg, she studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger.

According to Hans Jonas, her only German-Jewish classmate, Hannah Arendt embarked on a long and stormy romantic relationship with Heidegger, for which she later was criticized because of Heidegger’s support for the Nazi Party when he was rector at the University of Freiburg.

In the wake of one of their breakups, Hannah Arendt moved to Heidelberg, where she wrote her dissertation under the existentialist philosopher-psychologist Karl Jaspers on the concept of love in the thought of Saint Augustine.

In 1929, in Berlin, she married Günther Stern, later known as Günther Anders. (They divorced in 1937.) The dissertation was published in 1929.

Hannah Arendt was prevented from “habilitating”—a prerequisite for teaching in German universities—because she was Jewish. She researched anti-Semitism for some time before being arrested and briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo in 1933.

After World War II, Hannah Arendt returned to Germany and worked for Youth Aliyah, a Zionist organization, which saved thousands of children from the Holocaust and settled them in the British Mandate of Palestine.

She became a close friend of Karl Jaspers and his wife, developing a deep intellectual friendship with him. She began corresponding with American author Mary McCarthy around this time.

In 1950, Arendt became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She served as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and Northwestern University. In 1959, she was named the first female lecturer at Princeton. She also taught at the University of Chicago from 1963 to 1967, where she was a member of the Committee on Social Thought; The New School in Manhattan; Yale University, where she was a fellow; and, the Center for Advanced Studies at Wesleyan University (1961–62, 1962–63).[13]

She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1962 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1964.

Hannah Arendt was instrumental in the creation in 1974 of Structured Liberal Education (SLE) at Stanford University. She wrote a letter to the then president of Stanford University to persuade the university to enact Mark Mancall’s vision of a residentially-based humanities program


Hannah Arendt’s Legacy

In the intended third volume of The Life of Mind, Hannah Arendt was planning to engage the faculty of judgment by appropriating Kant’s Critique of Judgment; however, she did not live to write it.

Nevertheless, although her notion of judging remains unknown, Arendt did leave manuscripts (“Thinking and Moral Considerations,” “Some Questions on Moral Philosophy,”) and lectures (Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy) concerning her thoughts on this mental faculty.

The first two articles were edited and published by Jerome Kohn, an assistant of Hannah Arendt and a director of Hannah Arendt Center at The New School, and the last was edited and published by Ronald Beiner, professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Her personal library was deposited at Bard College at the Stevenson Library in 1976, and includes approximately 4,000 books, ephemera, and pamphlets from Arendt’s last apartment. The college has begun archiving some of the collection digitally, which is available at The Hannah Arendt Collection.

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