Hannah Arendt lived from 1906 to 1975.
Her Jewish background forced her to leave Germany in the 1930's and after some years in Paris she settled down in the USA, where she stayed the rest of her life.

In the context of two world wars Arendt asked herself, whether and how it would be possible to make and maintain a common open public space a place for individuality and spontaneity on one hand, and preservation of stable institutions and common traditions on the other.

She spent her life exploring and deepening this political challenge.

Arendt made use of historic characters in her examples, because she thought concrete examples were important, and her solid foundation in practice makes her philosophy so useful and viable.

Her considerations about the relation between political freedom and equality on one hand, and ethnic and religious and socio-cultural inequality on the other, are still highly relevant.

Arendt was herself an example to others, in her attempt to distinguish between these perspectives.

She intervened in the debate and she often got serious criticism for her controversial stands.


It is easy to find information about Arendts and her writing on the internet.

Here are a few links: arendt.htm

I would also like to mention Department of Philosophy at The University of Aarhus in Denmark. Especially Anne Marie Pahuus, philosopher, whose research and engagement in Hannah Arendt has been a major inspiration for this project.