I already find them amazing I didn t think I d ever like Heidegger. Ever since knowledge about Arendt s and Heidegger s affair started to spread, academics have struggled to understand the connection that existed between them In 1996 Alan Ryan described why in a New York Review article She was a Jew who fled Germany in August 1933, a few months after Hitler s assumption of power He was elected Rector of the University of Freiburg in the spring of 1933, and in a notorious inaugural address hailed the presence of the brown shirted storm troopers in his audience, claimed that Hitler would restore the German people to spiritual health, and ended by giving the familiar stiff armed Nazi salute to cries of Sieg Heil He resigned only a year later and said that the rectorship was the greatest stupidity of his life But one article suggests that this might have been based less on any repulsion he may have felt towards the Nazis than on their growing disinterest in him A strange affairTheir correspondence started in 1925, when he was a 35 year old married professor, and she was his 18 year old student Maria Popova wrote a blog post about their love letters on Brainpickings, which includes the most significant excerpts between 1925 and 1928 But those letters are only a fraction of the overall correspondence they had over the course of their lives, which lasted until Arendt s death in 1975 It s this fact the lifelong friendship they maintained after the war that is the most surprising aspect of their correspondence Even so because Arendt was the one who initiated their renewed contact.What was Arendt thinking A lot has been written about Heidegger s and Arendt s connection Much of it by admirers of Arendt trying to make sense of her ability to forgive Heidegger A recurring explanation is that Arendt was unwilling to see the truth, coupled with the accusation that Heidegger used her to re establish his credibility There might be truth in those ideas but the full picture is probably complicated Any interpretation of their motivations and feelings based on letters is speculative at best anyway, but the fact that most of Arendt s letters to Heidegger haven t survived so that Heidegger s voice dominates the majority of this book complicates things even.The most nuanced and interesting analyses I found are the articles Love and Reconciliation The Case of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger and The Metaphysical Couple.Not for the casual readerUnless you are intimately familiar with Arendt s and Heidegger s social network of philosophers and other academics and their publications or want to become that familiar with them most of the letters probably won t offer much of interest After their initial reconciliation in 1950, their letters are mostly of a practical nature They plan visits, discuss their plans for the coming months, their current work related preoccupations, upcoming publications, the going ons of friends and acquaintances, work related favours, the annoyances of university life and the struggle of finding a good book publisher There are some philosophical dialogues but most of them are so fragmented and brief as they rely on their shared body of knowledge that I found little to take away from them.Final thoughtsAfter reading their letters and the two articles mentioned earlier I can t help but feel that there must have been to Heidegger s and Arendt s relationship than na vet and opportunism, however complicated it may have been.Although their correspondence was less intimate and mostly sporadic after the early 50s, there seems to have been a lingering intellectual connection between them In 1972, roughly three years before they both passed away, Arendt wrote to Heidegger that reading Schelling felt like going back in time almost fifty years, when you taught me how to read No one, she wrote, reads or has ever read as you do. What made this book a little extra special for me was how most of the letters came from Martin s side and despite how they indicate that they have been answered continuously back then, yet with the absence of Hannah s voice the book is still quite engaging The whole story of course is a mesmerizing tragedy. Heidegger And ArendtMartin Heidegger 1889 1976 and Hannah Arendt 1906 1975 were among the most influential Twentieth Century thinkers The German philosopher Martin Heidegger remains best known for Being and Time 1927 and for his later turn to poetry and exegesis Hannah Arendt escaped from Nazi Germany and became and American citizen in 1951 She became a political philosopher and the author of books including The Origins of Totalitarianism , The Human Condition and Eichmann in Jerusalem The long personal and intellectual relationship between Heidegger and Arendt is chronicled in this collection of letters written between 1925 1975, published and annotated by Ursula Ludz.In 1924, Arendt, a young and impressionable student, fell under the intellectual and personal influence of Heidegger at the University of Marburg At the time, Heidegger was 35, married, a father, and working furiously on Being and Time The teacher and student began a passionate affair which gradually evolved into a lasting friendship.The affair was intense on both sides I must come see you this evening and speak to your heart , Heidegger writes to Arendt in the opening letter of October 11, 1925 In a much later letter of 1950, after the two had resumed contact after 25 years, Heidegger writes of a recent photograph of Arendt You do not realize that it is the same gaze that leaped toward me on the lectern oh it was and will remain eternity, from afar and intimacy letter no 60 For her part, Arendt left Marburg abruptly in 1926 and soon thereafter made a bad marriage which ended in divorce Arendt married her second husband, Heinrich Blucher, in 1940 and the marriage lasted until Blucher s death in 1970.Ludz arranges the letters in the collection in three groups The first group, headed At first sight covers the period between 1925 1933 to include the love affair and its immediate aftermath Notable in this group is the final letter, no.45 written by Heidegger in 1932 or 1933 in which he tries, in an unconvincing way, to respond to allegations of anti semitism that Arendt had asked him about in a letter that has not survived.In 1950, after an absence of 25 years, Arendt and Heidegger began to correspond, with Arendt visiting the philosopher and his wife, Elfride This section of the letters, captioned The second look covers the period 1950 1965 Heidegger and Arendt have a difficult reconciliation, with Arendt struggling to allay the jealousy of Heidegger s wife, Elfride Heidegger had at first concealed the affair from Elfride research subsequent to the publication of this book shows that the Heidegger s had an open marriage and subsequently admitted to it The issue, apparently, was the concealment Heidegger and Arendt discuss in a restrained manner their former relationship, but these letters include a great deal of discussion of Heidegger s ongoing writings and reflections Heidegger does not appear overly interested in Arendt s writings during this time While the prose of the letters is restrained, Heidegger also wrote short poems for Arendt in these letters which, in their elliptical, philosophical way, testify to their former relationship as lovers.The third set of letters, subtitled Autumn begins in 1966 and continues through 1975, just before Arendt s death An Epilogue includes correspondence from Heidegger on learning of her death These are intellectually the most interesting of the letters, as both Heidegger and Arendt discuss their ongoing writings and in a sometimes lively manner exchange ideas The letters discuss the translation of Heidegger s works into English and their publication in the United States, Heidegger s organization of his unpublished papers, Heidegger and Elfride s move into retirement and Arendt s steadily increasing fame as a writer which Heidegger acknowledges at last Heidegger continues to write and to quote poems and the two exchange and discuss their own books and the books of others For example Arendt, sends Heidegger Melville s Billy Budd , one of her favorite novels.Most of the letters in the collection are by Heidegger, but Arendt than holds her own The lifelong influence of Heidegger upon Arendt comes through The letters includes Arendt s famous lecture Martin Heidegger at Eighty delivered as a radio address on Heidegger s 80th birthday which Arendt sent to Heidegger as a birthday present Letter no 116 In this address, Arendt describes Heidegger s great influence of a generation of students, especially herself and his efforts to practice and teach thinking, among the rarest of gifts She describes Heidegger s influence both in destroying traditional philosophy and in rehabilitating the nature of thought The address also explores Heidegger s relationship with Nazism Arendt attempts to downplay this part of Heidegger s life by calling it a brief mistake and by analogizing it with Plato s experiences with the tyrant Dionysus of Syracuse Subsequent historical research has not been as gentle with Heidegger on this matter.Both Heidegger and Arendt wrote these letters in a chaste style, but their early passion comes through These letters will be valuable to those with an interest in either thinker Reading these letters may also encourage exploration of the major works that Arendt and Heidegger intended for publication and for which they should be remembered.Robin Friedman 2008 11 18, GT Barnes Noble 75% off table.I opened this up on a cigarette break, and had to really tear myself away to get back to work It would appear I ll be reading a lot of Hannah Arendt in the near future, something I d planned on doing anyway Wow, this is great stuff I don t think Heidegger s going to come out very well, though probably deservedly.update read Wow, Arendt sure let herself get played Letters of devastating emotion, betrayal and erudition Worth reading. Hannah Arendt was what she herself called a political theorist She was born a secular Jew in Germany in 1906, and was in Germany during the rise of the Nazis She fled to France, worked helping Jewish refugees spent a short time in a camp in France escaped and eventually made it to the U.S where she became a citizen and instructor at various universities Married to and acquainted with various philosophers While she was friends with many Marxists she raised controversy with some of her writings that seemed to go counter to the Marxist line.Martin Heidegger was her instructor before Hitler came to power and though he was much older and later married they apparently had a possibly short romantic involvement Even when it ended they carried on a long correspondence and apparent relationship of some kind Friendship I don t know There is one letter here where Heidegger tells Hannah that he wants her to meet his wife who knows all about their earlier relationship The relationship between Arendt and Heidegger was even controversial in the he was known to be an outspoken supporter of and apologist for the Nazis I purchased this volume mainly out of a mild historical curiosity and while it undoubtedly has it place possibly an important one there, I found it only mildly interesting and really didn t get into the minds of the two that deeply Some of you may find it absorbing than I So, while I recognize it s significance I can t say I really got that interested If you like it or find it absorbing and moving than I, good for you I ll go 3 stars on it s significance as a source for historical data and thought. When They First Met In , Martin Heidegger Was A Star Of German Intellectual Life And Hannah Arendt Was His Earnest Young Student What Happened Between Them Then Will Never Be Known, But Both Would Cherish Their Brief Intimacy For The Rest Of Their Lives The Ravages Of History Would Soon Take Them In Quite Different Directions After Hitler Took Power In Germany In , Heidegger Became Rector Of The University In Freiburg, Delivering A Notorious Pro Nazi Address That Has Been The Subject Of Considerable Controversy Arendt, A Jew, Fled Germany The Same Year, Heading First To Paris And Then To New York In The Decades To Come, Heidegger Would Be Recognized As Perhaps The Most Significant Philosopher Of The Twentieth Century, While Arendt Would Establish Herself As A Voice Of Conscience In A Century Of Tyranny And War Illuminating, Revealing, And Tender Throughout, This Correspondence Offers A Glimpse Into The Inner Lives Of Two Major Philosophers Unfortunately, Heidegger didn t keep Arendt s letters, and he wasn t a great letter writer himself, unlike Bl cher, so the book is a bit painful to read It is however insightful in how the relationship progresses through the thing thats happen between the two of them, and how the relationship matures Interesting for anyone who is interested in either of these two figures, notably Arendt. So at one point I had it in my mind that I was going to write a steamy, sexy romance about Arendt and Heidegger, rife with intellectual foreplay and deep well played power struggles that mirrored their philosophical pursuits but then I got busy making a film about Vampires and gave up on the idea Lesson here Vampires win Reading this book made it difficult for me to love Hannah Arendt as much as I do She is Marty s toy, and she allows him to play with her emotions over and over again They do have very interesting letters about philosophy and social issues.
Hannah Arendt 1906 1975 was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century Born into a German Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York She held a
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