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Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness Hardcover – March 22, 2010
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Both Arendt (1906 -- 1975) and Heidegger (1889 -- 1976) brought passion to thought and to their difficult personal relationship. Daniel Maier-Katin's book, "Stranger from Abroad" (2010) brings passion to bear in its own right as it describes Arendt's relationship with Heidegger and its impact on her life and thought. The book has a sense of its two primary characters, their works, and their times that is rare in a work of philosophy. Maier-Katin, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University has with this study made his own contribution to the life of the mind.
Maier-Katin integrates personal lives, philosophical thinking, and history in this book. When Arendt met Heidegger, she was an impressionable, naive young woman of 18 listening to the famous philosopher, age 35, lecture on Plato's "Sophist." Married to an anti-semitic woman, Elfride, who had recently had her own affair, and with two young children, Heidegger and Arendt became romantically involved almost immediately. Heidegger soon became somewhat cold, and Arendt left the University at Fribourg to pursue studies elsewhere vowing never to love a man again.Read more ›
Since the publication by Reinhard May's HEIDEGGER'S HIDDEN SOURCES, it has become generally known that Heidegger was deeply influenced by Daoist and Buddhist texts and thinkers, and that in fact Heidegger directly incorporated--without attribution--sections of THE BOOK OF TEA into BEING AND TIME. It also seems clear that much of what seemed new to his students and readers in the 20th century, including to Arendt herself, was in fact Heidegger's adroit integration of East Asian concepts into his own work, which itself was founded on Greek philosophy.
Arendt almost certainly didn't know this. Moreover, the influence of East Asian thought on Heidegger is not mentioned by Maier-Katkin. So why bring it up in this review?
The reason to do so is because Arendt's own thinking seems to have been influenced by the East Asian elements imported into German philosophy by Heidegger, but because she was not consciously aware of it, she seems to have been headed towards a dead-end in her thinking towards the end of her life.
Arendt, instructed by Heidegger and informed by her own research, depicted reality as a present that seems tranquil and motionless but is in fact continuously slipping at great speed from the future into the past. The present moment cannot be slowed, much less stopped, and it is very elusive.Read more ›
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This is an clear and elegant representation of these complex figures--complex both in their lives, their interactions and in their development as major critics of modern life and... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Dr. Robert Schlagal
I read this book because I became interested in Arendt after seeing the movie "Hannah Arendt" and reading "Eichmann in Jerusalem. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Lawrence J. Barkan
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a biography, of sorts - more about Hannah Arendt, than Martin Heidegger - but it also touches on the philosophy... Read more
Not worth purchasing. I recently bought and read this book for an essay I wrote comparing Heidegger and Arendt. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by JWisenberg
It is unusual for any book to be clear on matters that created tremendous disagreements among intellectuals. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by no chit
I picked up this book without having any real depth of knowledge or undestanding of either Heidegger or Arendt. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Cary B. Barad
Stranger From Abroad by Daniel Maier-Katkin is a biography of Hannah Arendt - one of the twentieth century's sharpest minds. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by F. Brauer