Saturday, May 3, 2008

Hannah Arendt's biography


Below is a brief of biography of Hannah Arendt, complied from the information available on the online resources mentioned above. I thank all the contributors and writers of the sites.

Hannah Arendt was born into a family of secular Jewish Germans in the city of Linden (now part of Hanover), and grew up in Königsberg and Berlin.

1924 (18 years old)
At the University of Marburg, she studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger, with whom she embarked on a long, stormy and romantic relationship.

1925 (19 years old)
She moved to Freiburg University where she spent one semester attending the lectures of Edmund Husserl.

1926 (20 years old)
She moved to Heidelberg University and met Karl Jaspers, with whom she established a long-lasting intellectual and personal friendship.

1929 (23 years old)
She completed her dissertation on the concept of love in the thought of Saint Augustine, under Jasper's supervision.
She married Günther Stern, later known as Günther Anders, in 1929 in Berlin (they divorced later).

1933 (27 years old)
She was forced to flee Germany in 1933 as a result of Hitler's rise to power, and after a brief stay in Prague and Geneva she moved moved to Paris where for six years (1933-39) she worked for a number of Jewish refugee organisations.In her Paris days, she was imprisoned in Camp Gurs but was able to escape after a couple of weeks.

1940 (34 years old)
She married the German poet and Marxist philosopher Heinrich Blücher, by then a former Communist Party member.

In 1941 (35 years old)
She escaped with her husband and her mother to the United States
Living in New York, she wrote for the German language newspaper Aufbau and directed research for the Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction.

In 1950 (44 years old)
She became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
During the post-war period she lectured at a number of American universities, including Princeton, Berkeley and Chicago, but was most closely associated with the New School for Social Research, where she was a professor of political philosophy until her death in 1975.

1951 (45 years old)
She published The Origins of Totalitarianism.

1958 (52 years old)
She published The Human Condition in 1958.

In 1959 (53 years old)
She became the first woman appointed to a full professorship at Princeton.

1963 (57 years old)
She published Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil and On Revolution.

In 1970 (64 years old)
Her husband Blücher died.
She gave her seminar on Kant's philosophy of judgement at the New School (published posthumously as Reflections on Kant's Political Philosophy, 1982)

1975 (69 years old)
She died in New York in 1975.

The Life of the Mind was published posthumously.

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