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    DescriptionHannah Arendt began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine's concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic life came to a halt in 1933, Arendt carried her dissertation into exile in France, and years later took the same battered and stained copy to New York. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, as she was completing or reworking her most influential studies of political life, Arendt was simultaneously annotating and revising her dissertation on Augustine, amplifying its argument with terms and concepts she was using in her political works of the same period. The dissertation became a bridge over which Arendt traveled back and forth between 1929 Heidelberg and 1960s New York, carrying with her Augustine's question about the possibility of social life in an age of rapid political and moral change.


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    Title
    Love and Saint Augustine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hannah Arendt, Edited by Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott, Edited by Judith Chelius Stark
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 254
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 227 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 373 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226025971
    ISBN 10: 0226025977
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    DC21: 270.2092
    DC22: 177
    B&T Approval Code: A13597015, A10204053
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    LC classification: BV4639 .A6513 1995
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    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    notes
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    14 May 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Review text
    Now published in English for the first time, Arendt's 1929 doctoral dissertation offers insights into her later political and philosophical constructions. A German-Jewish refugee from Hitler's Europe, Arendt wrote Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), an instrumental text in framing political discourse during the Cold War over the nature of totalitarian regimes. She is also best known for her New Yorker article that was eventually published as Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1961). Her doctoral dissertation was a three-part examination of St. Augustine's conception of caritas: the first analysis seeks to define it as "craving," or appetitus. The second analysis focuses on the commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself." Arendt then turns to the question of the relation between Creator and Creature, and how neighborly love is possible in the face of the overwhelming presence of the Creator. The work stands in the tradition of German doctoral dissertations; i.e., it is dense and difficult terrain. Throughout, there is the overshadowing figure of Martin Heidegger, arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th century. Under his influence, Arendt utilized the concepts of natality, memory, and phenomenology. Yet her focus on Augustine's self-reflective imperative ("I have become a question to myself") reflects her debt to another teacher, Karl Jaspers, the director of her dissertation. In Arendt's treatment of Augustinian concepts such as memory, caritas, cupiditas, and especially the civitas terrena, or "the earthly city," we realize that these are perennial philosophical concerns. Scott (Political Science/Eastern Michigan Univ.) and Stark (Philosophy/Seton Hall) provide two interpretive essays arguing that the dissertation is the "missing link" in Arendt scholarship and that none of the later works can be understood apart from it. In all her later writing, they argue, Arendt, following Augustine, addressed the problem of social and political action in an imperfect world. A revelation that may force us to reconsider the traditional interpretation of Arendt's work. (Kirkus Reviews)