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Reading Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking it-self is dangerous.” ― Hannah Arendt


Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a number of academic positions at various American universities until her death in 1975. Read more about her life here.

Below, we’ve curated a reading list related to Hannah Arendt and her political philosophy from a selection of our books and journals.





The Legacy of Liberal JudaismThe Legacy of Liberal Judaism:
Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt’s Hidden Conversation
Ned Curthoys


“Most readers will finish this work with a renewed appreciation of the continuing significance of the moral vision articulated by these exemplars of liberal Judaism.” · Choice


“The book then provides various interesting challenges to scholarship on Arendt, as well as the material on thinkers brought together here as part of the tradition of Liberal Judaism. All this make The Legacy of Liberal Judaism of relevance beyond an exclusively scholarly debate.” · Patterns of Prejudice




Hannah Arendt and the Uses of HistoryHannah Arendt and the Uses of History:
Imperialism, Nation, Race, and Genocide
Edited by Richard H. King and Dan Stone


“Singling out particular contributions to this excellent collection is bound to come across as invidious.” · Patterns of Prejudice


“…an exceptional collection of essays…a thought-provoking and courageous volume.” · Journal of Genocide Research










The Roots of Crisis: Interrupting Arendt’s Radical Critique
Nica Siegel
Theoria, Volume 62, Number 144


Rereading Hannah Arendt’s ‘What Is Freedom?’: Freedom as a Phenomenon of Political Virtuosity
Ilya Winham
Theoria, Volume 59, Number 131


Freedom and Power in the Thought of Hannah Arendt: Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Theatre
Hanako Koyama
Theoria, Volume 59, Number 133, December 2012


A Response to Hannah Arendt’s Critique of Sartre’s Views on Violence
Rivca Gordon
Sartre Studies International, Volume 7, Number 1


COSMOPOLITANISM AND GLOBALITY; Kant, Arendt, and Beck on the Global Condition
Roland Axtmann
German Politics & Society, Volume 29, Number 3


Hannah Arendt: Radical Evil, Radical Hope
Jeffrey Newman
European Judaism, Volume 47, Number 1


Hannah Arendt – Thinking in Circles
Jeffrey Newman
European Judaism, Volume 34, Number 1