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Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction

Dana Villa

January 2023

ISBN: 9780198806981

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

An exploration of the life and political essays of 20th century philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Dana Villa analyses Arendt's pathbreaking studies on totalitarianism, power, evil, and political theory.

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An exploration of the life and political essays of 20th century philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Dana Villa analyses Arendt's pathbreaking studies on totalitarianism, power, evil, and political theory.

  • 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 Totalitarianism, The 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
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Dana Villa, Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory, University of Notre Dame

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).

Table of Contents

    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
    Index