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Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics

Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz, and Thomas Keenan


Hannah Arendt is one of the most important political theorists of the 20th century. In her works, she grappled with the dark events of that century, probing the nature of power, authority, and evil, and seeking to confront totalitarian horrors on their own terms. This book focuses on how, against the professionalized discourses of theory, Arendt insists on the greater political importance of the ordinary activity of thinking. Indeed, she argues that the activity of thinking is the only reliable protection against the horrors that buffeted the las ... More

Keywords: Hannah Arendt, political theory, totalitarianism, Bard College, Walter Benjamin, Machiavelli, political importance, thinking, power, authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230754
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Berkowitz, editor
Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking, Bard College

Jeffrey Katz, author
Dean of Information Services and Director of Libraries, Bard College

Thomas Keenan, author
Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College

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