Life of the Mind

ISBN-10: 0156519925

ISBN-13: 9780156519922

Edition: 1981

Authors: Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy

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The author's final work, presented in a one-volume edition, is a rich, challenging analysis of man's mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging. Edited by Mary McCarthy; Indices.
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/16/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Born in Hanover, Germany, Hannah Arendt received her doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1928. A victim of naziism, she fled Germany in 1933 for France, where she helped with the resettlement of Jewish children in Palestine. In 1941, she emigrated to the United States. Ten years later she became an American citizen. Arendt held numerous positions in her new country---research director of the Conference on Jewish Relations, chief editor of Schocken Books, and executive director of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction in New York City. A visiting professor at several universities, including the University of California, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and university professor on the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research, in 1959 she became the first woman appointed to a full professorship at Princeton. She also won a number of grants and fellowships. In 1967 she received the Sigmund Freud Prize of the German Akademie fur Sprache und Dichtung for her fine scholarly writing. Arendt was well equipped to write her superb The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) which David Riesman called "an achievement in historiography." In his view, "such an experience in understanding our times as this book provides is itself a social force not to be underestimated." Arendt's study of Adolf Eichmann at his trial---Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963)---part of which appeared originally in The New Yorker, was a painfully searching investigation into what made the Nazi persecutor tick. In it, she states that the trial of this Nazi illustrates the "banality of evil." In 1968, she published Men in Dark Times, which includes essays on Hermann Broch, Walter Benjamin, and Bertolt Brecht (see Vol. 2), as well as an interesting characterization of Pope John XXIII.

Editor's Note
The world's phenomenal nature
(True) being and (mere) appearance: the two-world theory
The reversal of the metaphysical hierarchy: the value of the surface
Body and soul; soul and mind
Appearance and semblance
The thinking ego and the self: Kant
Reality and the thinking ego: the Cartesian doubt and the sensus communis
Science and common sense; Kant's distinction between intellect and reason; truth and meaning
Mental Activities in a World of Appearances
Invisibility and withdrawal
The intramural warfare between thought and common sense
Thinking and doing: the spectator
Language and metaphor
Metaphor and the ineffable
What Makes Us Think?
The pre-philosophic assumptions of Greek philosophy
Plato's answer and its echoes
The Roman answer
The answer of Socrates
The two-in-one
Where Are We When We Think?
"Tantot je pense et tantot je suis" (Valery): the nowhere
The gap between past and future: the nunc stans
The Philosophers and the Will
Time and mental activities
The Will and the modern age
The main objections to the Will in post-medieval philosophy
The problem of the new
The clash between thinking and willing: the tonality of mental activities
Hegel's solution: the philosophy of History
Quaestio mihi factus sum: The Discovery of the Inner Man
The faculty of choice: proairesis, the forerunner of the Will
The Apostle Paul and the impotence of the Will
Epictetus and the omnipotence of the Will
Augustine, the first philosopher of the Will
Will and Intellect
Thomas Aquinas and the primacy of Intellect
Duns Scotus and the primacy of the Will
German Idealism and the "rainbow-bridge of concepts"
Nietzsche's repudiation of the Will
Heidegger's Will-not-to-will
The abyss of freedom and the novus ordo seclorum
Editor's Postface
Judging: Excerpts from Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy
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