Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness

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Product Details

Price
$43.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2010
Pages
384
Dimensions
6.36 X 1.23 X 8.48 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393068337
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About the Author

Daniel Maier-Katkin is a professor of criminology and criminal justice and a Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Reviews

Starred Review. Readers welcoming diverse perspectives will benefit from this inquiry into a relationship uniquely freighted with historical meaning.
[A] fascinating snapshot of the divergent ways two towering intellects responded to the 20th century's darkest moments.
Heidegger's personal and political opportunism, and Arendt's struggles to be what she would consider fair in her dealings with all are made accessible to popular readers in this version of their joint and separate lives.
Few relationships are more mysterious than that between Arendt and Heidegger. More interesting than their brief love affair when she was his young student is the attitude she took toward him in her maturity. Despite his Nazi affiliation, she refused to write him out of her life and out of intellectual history. This is a humane, judicious, and utterly absorbing account of Heidegger's role in Arendt's life and thought.--Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza
An excellent introduction to the story of one of the most dramatic and fascinating relationships of the twentieth century.--Vivian Gornick, author of The Men in my Life
A useful counterpoint to the recent debates about Heidegger's relationship to Nazi ideology, and whether [Arendt's] admiration for Heidegger informed her thinking about the Holocaust and her formulation of the 'banality of evil.'--Ronald Florence, author of Emissary of the Doomed
It's one thing to study the ideological debates that so traumatized twentieth century Europe, and quite another to explore them on a painfully human scale. Through the interlocking lives of two enormously influential individuals, Maier-Katkin's book illuminates the intellectual and moral struggles of the era. The book is at once impressive in its breadth of historical vision, and richly textured in its psychological portraits.--Philip Jenkins, author of Jesus Wars
Dan Maier-Katkin has written a uniquely fascinating book that manages to capture the passions and intellectual complexity of a relationship but also the complexity of the world and events surrounding that relationship. I was profoundly moved by the book. It is rare that an author can care so intensely about a subject and yet have enough distance to write about it so well. I loved the book and can't recommend it highly enough.--Jeff VanderMeer, author of of Booklife