Hannah Arendt


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Johanna "Hannah" Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 4, 1975) was a German American political theorist. She has often been described as a philosopher, although she refused that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with "man in the singular." She described herself instead as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact that "men, not Man, live on ... more »

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  • It is a secret from nobody that the famous random event is most likely to arise from those parts of the world where the old adage "There is no alternative to victory" retains a high degree of plausibi...
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence, sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1972).
  • ''The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," sct. 1, Crises of the Republic (1970). Referring to the student ...
  • ''These are the fifties, you know. The disgusting, posturing fifties.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. Quoted in Frederic Prokosch, Voices: A Memoir, "The Monster," (1983). Said to a...
  • ''The blessing of life as a whole ... can never be found in work.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 14 (1958).
  • ''Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.''
    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Human Condition, pt. 3, ch. 16 (1958).
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