Spoiling One's Story: The Case of Hannah Arendt (Unabridged) Spoiling One's Story: The Case of Hannah Arendt (Unabridged)

Spoiling One's Story: The Case of Hannah Arendt (Unabridged‪)‬

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Hannah Arendt’s posthumous influence continues to be enormous, even though her best-known claims have been refuted by new evidence. 

Since her death, a youthful diary shows Arendt precociously aware of a choice between two possible futures. Either she would choose a natural future unfolding with harmonious openness, or else attain public influence by advancing unsupported claims. In fact, Arendt lived both futures successively. In early essays, she held ex-Nazis responsible for their war crimes, and depicted Martin Heidegger, her former teacher and lover, as a nihilist whose philosophy led directly to his Nazi commitment. Yet later, she portrayed Adolf Eichmann, the official who implemented the Holocaust, as a mindless, “banal" bureaucrat. And she later exonerated and celebrated Heidegger, even using his coinages in arguments that lifted responsibility from bad actors. Arendt left a paper trail of documents for us to decode. 

The real story, of a talented woman - simultaneously sustaining a hidden love affair and maintaining the posture of a disinterested public intellectual - is also a story of moral upendings and reversals. It is the back story. It is time for thoughtful listeners to know it.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
NARRATOR
MC
Matthew Cohn
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
01:27
hr min
RELEASED
2021
17 March
PUBLISHER
Abigail L. Rosenthal
PRESENTED BY
Audible.co.uk
SIZE
75.2
MB