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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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Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought

Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought

Arendt On Reconciliation, Forgiveness, And Judgment

(p.229) Crimes of Action, Crimes of Thought
Thinking in Dark Times

Shai Lavi

Fordham University Press

In the winter of 1932-1933, correspondence between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt was abruptly terminated. It requires little imagination or speculation to understand the cause of the long and lasting silence between the two. More disquieting for some, above all for Arendt herself, was the revival of this relationship, beginning in February 1950. This chapter argues that for Arendt, Heidegger posed a problem bigger than the romantic drama depicted by some of her biographers, and a moral dilemma that went far beyond the failings of one individual. Arendt's confrontation with Heidegger involved more weighty concerns, and it is these that led her to contemplate the phenomenon of reconciliation, forgiveness, and judgment.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, forgiveness, reconciliation, judgment

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