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Author photo. Richard J. Bernstein; Date 1 November 2007. By Jerrie Speier (Email exchange)

Richard J. Bernstein; Date 1 November 2007. By Jerrie Speier (Email exchange)

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Richard J. Bernstein argues that Arendt should be read today because her penetrating insights help us to think about both the darkness of our times and the sources of illumination. He explores her thinking about statelessness and refugees; the right to have rights; racism and segregation; her critique of Zionism; the meaning of the banality of evil; the complex relations between truth, lying, power, and violence; the tradition of the revolutionary spirit; and the urgent need for each of us to assume responsibility for our political lives. This short and very readable book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand the forces that are shaping our world today. Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York — biography from Why Read Hannah Arendt Now?… (more)
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