American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Arendt, Hannah 1906-1975. German-born American historian and political theorist whose major published works include The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) and On Revolution (1963).
- n. United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
“The metaphor of the polis recurs constantly in the writings of Arendt, and I say metaphor because in employing this term Arendt is not simply referring to the political institutions of the Greek city-states, bounded as they were to their time and circumstance, but to all those instances in history where a public realm of action and speech was set up among a community of free and equal citizens.”
“It is above all the long shadow of Hobbes that looms large in Arendt's diagnoses of the transition from classical liberalism to bourgeois imperialism and from the Enlightenment's deliberative to utilitarianism's instrumental paradigm of rationality.”
“The thrust of Arendt's critique is that Israel ought to have a higher national purpose than providing a refuge from anti-Semitism.”
“For Arendt, Eichmann was just an ordinary man, and any ordinary man might have done what he did.”
“A German Jew who had fled her homeland for France and then the U.S. during the war, Arendt was by 1960 firmly established as a public intellectual in America.”
“After only four weeks of a trial that lasted from mid-April to mid-August, Ms. Lipstadt notes, Arendt was already away vacationing in Switzerland.”
“In large measure, she says, it was Hannah Arendt's doing.”
“Arendt accepted that Israel did have the right to kidnap, try and even execute Eichmann, but her own prejudices diverted her from central principles.”
“A reproach from 20th century political theorist Hannah Arendt reverberates: "Economic growth... under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.”
“If his memoir has any enduring value, it is not as another offering of hollow excuses for an unjustifiable war but rather as a study in what the famed historian of European fascism, Hannah Arendt, termed the "banality of evil.”
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