Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question

Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question

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While acknowledging Hannah Arendt's keen philosophical and political insights, Kathryn T. Gines claims that there are some problematic assertions and oversights regarding Arendt's treatment of the "Negro question." Gines focuses on Arendt's reaction to the desegregation of Little Rock schools, to laws making mixed marriages illegal, and to the growing civil rights movement in the south. Reading them alongside Arendt's writings on revolution, the human condition, violence, and responses to the Eichmann war crimes trial, Gines provides a systematic analysis of anti-black racism in Arendt's work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253011671
  • 9780253011671
  • 2,141,680

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: "Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question"
1. "The Girl, Obviously, Was Asked to Be a Hero"
2. "The Most Outrageous Law of Southern States - the Law Which Makes Mixed Marriage a Criminal Offense"
3. "The Three Realms of Human Life - the Political, the Social, and the Private"
4. "The End of Revolution is the Foundation of Freedom"
5. "A Preparatory Stage for the Coming Catastrophes"
6. "Only Violence And Rule Over Others Could Make Some Men Free"
7. "There Are Situations In Which The Very Swiftness Of A Violent Act May Be The Only Appropriate Remedy"
Conclusion: "The Role of Judgment in Arendt's Approach to the Negro Question"
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On the whole, Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question offers a wealth of research that will be valuable to scholars and graduate students interested in how racial bias operates in Arendt's major works. Gines's writing style is lucid and to the point, and her engagement with secondary sources is comprehensive. * Hypatia * Gines has delivered an intellectually challenging book, that presents one of the most important figures in Western philosophy of the 2nd half of the 20th century in a different and, perhaps, somewhat less favorable perspective. * Philosophia *
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About Kathryn T. Gines

Kathryn T. Gines is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University. She is editor (with Donna-Dale L. Marcano) of Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy and a founder of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race.
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