Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction [#717]
Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction [#717]


  • Reveals the continuing relevance of Hannah Arendt's concepts of political action, public freedom, and the public realm
  • Provides new insights into Arendt's writings, particularly what is meant by 'the banality of evil'
  • Analyses Arendt's major works, including The Origins of TotalitarianismThe Human Condition, and On Revolution in an accessible way
  • Introduces readers to Arendt's political writings by describing her experience as a Jew in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the major intellectual figures of the twentieth century. Born in Konigsberg to secular Jewish parents, she was a student of the two major exponents of Existenz philosophy in Germany, Karl Jaspers and Martin Heidegger. Arendt escaped Nazi Germany in 1933, traveling first to Paris and then in 1940 to the United States, where she gained citizenship in 1951. As director of the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction she oversaw the collection and presentation of over 1.5 million articles of Judaica and Hebraica that had been hidden from or looted by the Nazis.
This Very Short Introduction explores the philosophical ideas and political theories belonging to one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. As a survivor of the Holocaust, Arendt's life informed her work exploring the meaning and construction of power, evil, totalitarianism, and direct democracy. Through insightful readings of Arendt's best-known works, from The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) to The Life of the Mind (1978), Dana Villa traces the importance of Arendt's ideas for today's reader. In so doing, Villa explains how Arendt gained world-wide fame with the publication of Origins, and went on to have a distinguished career as a political theorist and public intellectual. A sometimes controversial figure, Arendt is now recognised as one of the most important political thinkers of the twentieth century and her works have become an acknowledged part of the Western canon of political theory and philosophy.


1:Life and work
2:The nature and roots of totalitarianism
3:Political freedom, the public realm, and the Vita Activa
4:Revolution, constitution, and the 'Social Question'
5:Judgement, thinking, and willing
Further reading


Dana Villa is the Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory at the University of Notre Dame. He has written a number of books and articles on Hannah Arendt, and has also published on Socrates, Tocqueville, Hegel, Mill, Weber, and the Frankfurt School. His books on Arendt include Arendt (2021), Politics, Philosophy, Terror: Essays on the Thought of Hannah Arendt (1999), and Arendt and Heidegger: The Fate of the Political (1995). Villa has won fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was also Haniel Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2002).


ISBN : 9780198806981

Dana Villa
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Very Short Introductions





Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction [#717]

Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction [#717]

Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction [#717]