In an interview with Günther Gaus for German television in 1964, Hannah Arendt insisted that she was not a philosopher but a political theorist. Disillusioned by the cooperation of German intellectuals with the Nazis, she said farewell to philosophy when she fled the country. This book examines Arendt's ideas about thinking, acting and political responsibility, investigating the relationship between the life of the mind and the life of action that preoccupied Arendt throughout her life. By joining in the conversation between Arendt and Gaus, each contributor probes her ideas about thinking and judging and their relation to responsibility, power and violence. An insightful and intelligent treatment of the work of Hannah Arendt, this volume will appeal to a wide number of fields beyond political theory and philosophy, including law, literary studies, social anthropology and cultural history.

chapter |9 pages

Introduction: In Conversation with Hannah Arendt

ByDanielle Celermajer, Andrew Schaap, Vrasidas Karalis

part I|93 pages

Thinking, Judging and Responsibility

chapter 2|12 pages

Thinking From Underground

ByMax Deutscher

chapter 3|15 pages

Arendt on Responsibility, Sensibility and Democratic Pluralism

ByRosalyn Diprose

chapter 4|15 pages

The Ethics of Friendship

ByDanielle Celermajer

chapter 5|17 pages

The Judgment of the Statesperson

ByMarguerite La Caze

chapter 6|15 pages

Thinking, Conscience and Acting in Times of Crises

ByPaul Formosa

part II|85 pages

Conversation and Context