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Between Past and Future (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 26, 2006
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Jerome Kohn is the director of the Hannah Arendt Center at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.
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This is one of the best works of one of the great political thinkers of the modern world.
What I find most interesting in _Between Past and Future_ is the way that Arendt's individual sections on Authority, Freedom, and Education work together. Arendt's critique of authority and tradition--she claims both have ended with totalitarianism, at least in the political realm--is powerful. Her insistence that authority and tradition remain within the home and within education, however, must be read, understood, appreciated and criticized.
Basically, Arendt ties educational authority to a consciously accepted responsibility for the whole world, for the whole institution that one bears within one's stance as educator.
This is a difficult stance for most teachers to take--particularly those of us who teach regularly in college-level service courses. We can feel the stirrings of resentment, and we can sometimes wish to have our say and go home, without a further thought. However, Arendt's position is clear and demands a response: in order to become a full-fledged citizen of a democracy, it is absolutely necessary for students to have had the chance to see teachers and professors as authorities who bear this global responsibility, who teach as if democracy depended on them.Read more ›
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Amazing work if Hannah Arendt.I got a lot out of reading it.very glad it was still available and as an ebook.Published 8 months ago by Margaret Smith
Arendf's essays are a good entry point into her writings. This is one of the best collections available. "Truth and Politics" alone is worth the purchase price.Published 19 months ago by Noel S. Selegzi
I have never been unchallenged by her inclusive/ invasive/ incisive mind. This,to me, represents her at her best representation of what we,together, can(hopefully) can work out... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Kierkegaard
If you haven't read, "The Human Condition" (THC), you may come away with a misunderstanding of the concepts in this book; however, if you have, this book works as a good... Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Miguel C.
Hannah Arendt was the kind of deep thinker who is sorely needed in our world.
Santayana's quote that "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" has... Read more
I was reading a book by Hannah Arendt at the beginning of July, when I went to a Bo Diddley concert in which his song "Shut Up, Woman" ended with "You know I love you, and I would... Read morePublished on July 31, 2005 by Bruce P. Barten