A Woman to Know: Hannah Arendt
|Julia Carpenter||Jan 13, 2016|
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. — Hannah
If you're in the mood to drink some wine and sit on a back porch and meditate on the meaning of life, Hannah Arendt is your girl.
And the great thing is that you can already meditate on that one phrase, "the meaning of life." Because, as Hannah would love to argue, what distinguishes "meaning" from "truth?" What separates "Man" from simple "men?" How do you define "known" versus "unknown?" When do you exhibit "free will" of your actual own free will? These are the questions Hannah explored in her vast body of creative work, which spans political theory to cultural criticism to philosophy to literature and back. Her collection of essays, Men in Dark Times, of course also features women in dark times, from the Isak Dinesen to Rosa Luxemburg.
A selection of Hannah Arendtisms for your next wine-porch-meaning-or-truth party:
"In politics, love is a stranger."
"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."
"Political questions are far too serious to be left to politicians."
"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."
"Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless."
Add to your reading list:
Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Anne Heller)
Men in Dark Times (Hannah Arendt)
The Last Interview, and Other Conversations (Hannah Arendt)
Beware of Pity (The New Yorker)
Hannah Arendt on Memory, the Elasticity of Time and Free Will (Brain Pickings)
Lonely Thinking: Hannah Arendt on Film (The Paris Review)
Hannah Arendt (Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy)
The Hannah Arendt Collection (Bard University)
Men in Dark Times (Kirkus Review)
Hannah Arendt on Thinking vs. Knowing (Brain Pickings)
Hannah Arendt and the Glorification of Thinking (The New Yorker)
Hannah Arendt Knew How to be a Pariah (James McAuley)
Thank you to Adam Kushner for recommending today's woman to know! Adam works with me at The Washington Post, and he also provides the best New Orleans restaurant list in the entire world. <3
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