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Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt

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Nonfiction, Philosophy

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Hannah Arendt wrote The Human Condition in 1958 after she fled from Nazi Germany to Paris in 1933 and again from Paris to the United States in 1941. She and her family were Jewish. Nazi Germany persecuted and later mass murdered Jews during World War II. In The Human Condition Arendt explains her conception of the nature of the human experience. She examines universal human activities such as labor, work, action, and thought. Arendt looks at ways that society, culture, and politics can limit and frustrate human action. The book's warning that free thought is vulnerable and subject to attack must be viewed within the light of the totalitarianism that caused so much destruction throughout the world during World War II which she experienced and studied in the decades following the war. Fascism, totalitarianism, and suppression of free thought remain central questions that are still grappled with today in societies all over the world.

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"The Human Condition" is Arendt's attempt to explain the nature of the human experience by examining universal human activities such as labor, work, action, and thought.


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