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Arendt, Hannah

By: Charles Turner | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length:   3 | DOI: |
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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a major and distinctive figure in 20th century thought, notable for her studies of totalitarianism and revolution. She developed a distinct philosophical anthropology with politics at its heart. Her work is at once a contribution to and critique of the social and political sciences. This entry provides a brief biographical sketch of Arendt and then looks at some of her most influential works, including Origins of Totalitarianism and On Revolution. The entry also examines her stances and contributions on conceptual distinctions, power and authority, and thinking.


Arendt was born in Hannover and grew up in Königsberg (then in Germany, now Kaliningrad in Russia). She studied philosophy at the University of Marburg and Freiburg before receiving a doctorate from Heidelberg in 1928 on ...

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