[lit-ideas] Re: On Heidegger, Arendt, and Americans' lack of passion

  • From: carol kirschenbaum <carolkir@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 01:53:29 -0800

Have you seen the newish film by von Trotta, "Hannah Arendt"? (Charlotte
Rampling plays Arendt.) I found it a worthy take on the subject, and
surprisingly entertaining. Available on Netflix.


On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 'One of the gossipy curiosities of 20th-century philosophy is that Hannah
> Arendt, the German-born Jewish philosopher remembered for her fierce and
> unforgiving attacks on totalitarianism, had a youthful fling in the 1920s
> with Martin Heidegger.
> 'Heidegger, the influential philosopher, later became a prominent Nazi and
> at one time aspired to be Hitler s chief ideologue.
> 'Most scholars believed that by the 1930s Arendt and Heidegger had gone
> their separate ways and their early liaison could be dismissed as a short-
> lived dalliance.
> 'But now a book based on their newly unsealed correspondence, "Hannah
> Arendt/Martin Heidegger" (Yale University Press) by Elzbieta Ettinger, has
> revealed that their affair was not evanescent but burned with white hot
> intensity for four years. Most disturbing to some scholars after the war,
> Arendt and Heidegger resumed their friendship.'
> [more]
> http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Holocaust/arendt.html
> Robert Paul

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