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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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Jewish to the Core

Jewish to the Core

(p.211) (p.212) Jewish to the Core
Thinking in Dark Times

Suzanne Vromen

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity and how it evolved over time. Her experience as a Jew was the foundation of all her thinking, and her Jewishness was inseparable from her work as a whole. Arendt was different from other Jewish thinkers prominent in the 20th century, such as Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Leo Strauss. While these scholars had an ahistorical appreciation of what it meant to be a Jew, Arendt undertook, through different stages, a historically rooted critique of the Enlightenment and of beliefs in Jewish assimilation.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, Jewish identity, Jews, Enlightenment, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Leo Strauss

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