Arendt and America (Hardback)Richard H. King (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 41 mm
--Los Angeles Review of Books
"In his latest book, Arendt And America, King argues that living in the United States allowed the German philosopher to think far beyond the simple dichotomies of political divisions -- such as left and right -- that led to the endless slaughter and complete break down of the European social order, before and during World War II. . . . King's argument is certainly a persuasive one. And it's pretty inconceivable that Arendt would have been able to write about totalitarianism (or anti-Semitism) in the same vein, had she not been both physically and spiritually distanced from Europe."
--Times of Israel
"Among political theorists, there is no shortage of commentary on Hannah Arendt's work. However, in examining the influence of the US on Arendt's thought, King has developed a novel contribution to this literature. Like many books on Arendt, Arendt in America describes the debates that emerged regarding Arendt's major political works, including The Origins of Totalitarianism, her writings on race (especially her essay on Little Rock), On Revolution, and Eichmann in Jerusalem. King situates Arendt's position and the debates about it in a specifically American context, showing the ways in which her experience in the US, and with American political thought, influenced her thinking about politics. Her 'philosophical' work, most notably The Human Condition and her writings on Kant, do not receive the same level of attention as her more explicitly political writings. Moreover, some critical assessments of the controversies her writing produced receive an overly perfunctory treatment. However, Arendt in America fills an important gap in current scholarship. Well written and well researched, it offers a unique discussion of Arendt's importance, including her contributions to republican theory, the nature of evil, and questions of modernity. Recommended."
"This book offers a detailed history of Arendt's intellectual milieu in the United States, moving between her published writings, reviews and correspondence with her key interlocutors. . . . This is a concentrated, slow-burning book that requires careful reading, but is without question a rewarding theoretical and historical contribution."
--Times Literary Supplement
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