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Hannah Arendt, one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century, has left an indelible mark on the world of ideas. Her work on totalitarianism, the nature of power, and the human condition continues to inspire and provoke thought to this day. In this engaging blog post, we will explore Arendt’s life and work, providing you with insights into her remarkable journey.

Early Life and Education


Born in 1906 in Linden, Germany (now a district of Hanover), Hannah Arendt was raised in a secular, intellectual Jewish family12. By the time Arendt was three, her father had become ill and the family moved to Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia)3.

Arendt’s intellectual curiosity began at an early age, leading her to study under Martin Heidegger at the University of Marburg4. Their relationship transcended academics, as they became romantically involved5. She continued her studies under Karl Jaspers at the University of Heidelberg6, where she completed her dissertation on the concept of love in the works of Saint Augustine7.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Arendt, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  2. https://www.transatlanticperspectives.org/entries/hannah-arendt/, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  3. https://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/hannah-arendt/, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  4. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/arendt/, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki?curid=37304, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  6. https://www.gdw-berlin.de/en/recess/biographies/index_of_persons/biographie/view-bio/hannah-arendt/?no_cache=1, date accessed: 2023-05-10 

  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Saint_Augustine, date accessed: 2023-05-10 


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