Hannah Arendt and the Redemptive Power of Narrative

Social Research: An International Quarterly 57 (1):167-196 (1990)
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The article presents information related to Hannah Arendt, who has become one of the most illuminating and certainly one of the most controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century. A tension and a dilemma are at the center of Hannah Arendt's political thought, indicating two formative forces of her spiritual-political identity. Arendt's thinking is decidedly modernist and politically universalist, when she reflects on the political realities of the twentieth century and on the fate of the Jewish people. Hannah Arendt did not engage in methodological reflections and searched for the elements of totalitarianism



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