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Thinking Without a Banister by Hannah Arendt
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Mar 06, 2018 | ISBN 9780805242157

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“Almost every essay in this book contains “pearls” of Arendt’s tonically subversive thinking, and many of her observations push readers to think harder about the language in which political activity is conducted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This second volume of some 40 essays, interviews, conference presentations, acceptance speeches, letters and reviews, edited and introduced by Arendt scholar Kohn, reveals a wide focus, including the relationship of theory to practice, American elections, the Cold War, freedom, civic responsibility, and happiness….[Arendt] emerges as startlingly prescient: in an interview in 1973, for example, she emphasized that a free press is crucial in a democracy….A challenging, densely argued, provocative collection.” Kirkus Reviews

“These essays, letters, and other short and complete pieces are cause to celebrate . . . Insightful and plain-spoken . . . Reading some of these essays here and now, the shock of how well they relate to current U.S. political realities may strike a chord with many academic readers but also engage informed general readers as well . . . Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.”—Library Journal
Thinking Without a Banister is an intellectually exhilarating read in its entirety, exploring the intersection of politics and human life from angles as varied as the imagination, war crimes, Emerson’s legacy, the meaning of revolution, and the relationship between private rights and public good.”Brain Pickings 
“The texts brought together here offer a sound introduction to key ideas in Arendt’s writing, while adding nuance to her already published work for more familiar readers. Kohn’s sharp footnotes provide valuable contextual and biographical information, and should be read by anyone interested in Arendt’s life and writing. The incisive framing of the volume draws Arendt into our contemporary political moment . . . Sobering . . . Here, Arendt’s works on freedom, politics, culture, revolution, thinking, and judgment are brought together to highlight her desire to revive political freedom and public happiness in a world endlessly defined by wars, revolutions, and violence.”Los Angeles Review of Books
“Erudite . . . The collection gives rare insights into Arendt’s personal opinions and reflections on her own work. This collection contains a variety that will be illuminating and fascinating for both Arendt novices and experts.”Publishers Weekly
Thinking Without a Banister provides readers with an opportunity to trace the post-Origins development of Arendt’s thought in a single volume. The essays and lectures it collects—many of them available to the general public for the first time—provide an accessible point of entry into nearly every aspect of Arendt’s political theory.”Commonweal Magazine

“Thinking Without a Bannister,
her collected essays, is an assemblage of Arendt at her most pressing and brilliant. She’s simply—you know what, if you haven’t read Hannah Arendt, just go and get this book. You’ll thank me for it.”Read It Forward

Table Of Contents

Introduction by Jerome Kohn 
Publication History

Karl Marx and the Tradition of Western Political Thought
    I. The Broken Thread of Tradition 
    II. The Modern Challenge to Tradition
The Great Tradition
    I. Law and Power
    II. Ruling and Being Ruled
Authority in the Twentieth Century
Letter to Robert M. Hutchins
The Hungarian Revolution and Totalitarian Imperialism
Culture and Politics
Challenges to Traditional Ethics: A Response to Michael Polanyi
Reflections on the 1960 National Conventions: Kennedy vs. Nixon
Action and the “Pursuit of Happiness”
Freedom and Politics, a Lecture
The Cold War and the West
Nation-State and Democracy
Kennedy and After
Nathalie Sarraute
“As If Speaking to a Brick Wall”: A Conversation with Joachim Fest
Labor, Work, Action
Politics and Crime: An Exchange of Letters
Introduction to The Warriors by J. Glenn Gray
On the Human Condition
The Crisis Character of Modern Society
Revolution and Freedom, a Lecture
Is America by Nature a Violent Society?
The Possessed
“The Freedom to Be Free”: The Conditions and Meaning of Revolution
He’s All Dwight
Emerson-Thoreau Medal Address
The Archimedean Point
Heidegger at Eighty
For Martin Heidegger
War Crimes and the American Conscience
Letter to the Editor of The New York Review of Books
Values in Contemporary Society
Hannah Arendt on Hannah Arendt
Address to the Advisory Council on Philosophy at Princeton University
Interview with Roger Errera
Public Rights and Private Interests: A Response to Charles Frankel
Preliminary Remarks About the Life of the Mind
Remembering Wystan H. Auden, Who Died in the Night of the Twenty-eighth of
    September, 1973


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