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"A fascinating tribute to a fascinating writer."-Gautam Chikerman
"Artfully balancing conceptual precision and editorial care with a deep sense of urgency, this volume of essays on one of the 20th century's great theorists of totalitarianism and anti-Semitism offers a stimulating examination of Arendt's political and philosophical writings. The pieces analyze the sociopolitical ramifications of her life as well as more focused discussions of key topics in the social and the political realms. . .The essays lack a consensus on Arendt's notion of the 'banality of evil' but it is precisely the rich variety of interpretations together with a wonderful selection of images from her personal library that make the collection so compelling."-Publishers Weekly
"A collection of papers from a conference convened at Bard College to mark Arendt's hundreth birthday."--Harper's Magazine
"This book focuses on how, against the professionalized discourses of theory, Hannah Arendt insists on the greater political importance of the ordinary activity of thinking. Indeed, she argues that the activity of thinking is the only reliable protection against the horrors that buffeted the last century. These essays explore and enact that activity, which Arendt calls
the habit of erecting obstacles to oversimplifications, compromises, and conventions."--Shofar