Thursday, July 01, 2010
Lesley Chamberlain reviews Daniel Maier-Katkin's Stranger from Abroad in The Independent.
Whipping up hatred against her in the 1960s, Arendt's critics decided her early love for Heidegger had alienated her from her race and blinded her to the truth of a victimised people. What Maier-Katkin shows in this twin biography is that, on the contrary, her lifelong bond with that problematic German helped her define love as the supreme human - and political - value. One can never forgive the deed, she wrote, but one can, out of love, forgive the person. Otherwise how can a good world ever move on?
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