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Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt was born in 1906 in Köningsberg, Germany. She studied philosophy under Martin Heidegger in Marburg and later studying in Heidelberg during Carl Jaspers. Carl Jaspers has had great influence Arendt's thinking, she was also strongly influenced by Augustine's ideas. When the Nazis took power in 1933, Arendt was disappointed in the academic community's total silence before the new rule. As a Jew, Arendt was also very vulnerable, she fled to Paris.
When the Nazis invaded France in 1941, Arendt fled to the US where she lived in New York until his death in 1975. Arendt was existentialist, she mixes philosophy with politics and much of her work is about totalitarianism. She has written several books, the most famous is called "the banality of evil" and was published in 1961. In the nineties, Arendt's ideas gained greater recognition, she is considered one of the twentieth century's most interesting filosofer.Hanna Arendt argued that there is only one world, no two worlds that exist in parallel. She wanted to close the gap that traditionally exist between thought and the world. There is not only an absolute, simple things that people do in everyday life can also have a philosophical value. Arendt wanted to put more focus on people actually exist with each other. She replaced the Heidegger's "Dasein" (life) with the word "mitsein" (co-presence). Arendt stated early in his life, a promise not to get involved with philosophy, she focused on political ideas, but these ideas were in turn very philosophical. Therefore, can we consider her both as a philosopher and ideologue. Arendt tried not really explain anything with their ideas, she had no concrete ideals or trying to find concrete political solutions. She meant the contrary that these comprehensive system was already tried and proven not to work. She claimed to seek a greater understanding of historical events and phenomena in the world. Greater understanding of the human being, but is no definitive solution.

Arendt seen as a rationalist, she speaks for the use of reason but to do so you must have the "förstånde heart". By that Arendt that one must have the ability to imagine other people's perception. She therefore prefer stories to fixed positions. She developed its own narrative technique in which she combines politics, history and philosophy. She tries to get people to think, criticize and get a better understanding of man instead of giving definitive answers.

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