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Thinking in Dark TimesHannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics$
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Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz, and Thomas Keenan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230754

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230754.001.0001

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Hannah Arendt's Jewish Experience

Hannah Arendt's Jewish Experience

Thinking, Acting, Judging

(p.179) Hannah Arendt's Jewish Experience
Thinking in Dark Times

Jerome Kohn

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the question: What is the importance of Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity? It argues that applying the term Jewish identity to Arendt is problematic and suggests the replacement of the word identity with the word experience. Because to doubt the importance of what Arendt experienced as a Jew, the witness she bore to the unprecedented catastrophe that befell Jews in her time, would be more than irresponsible. It would come closer than one could possibly wish to letting something precious and vital slip through one's fingers and disappear from sight.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, Jewish identity, Jews, Jewish experience

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