Babette Babich's reads
Martin and Hannah through Anne Carson, in "Great Men, Little Black Dresses, & the Virtues of Keeping One’s Feet on the Ground".
Love as Carson has also underlined it for us, is and can only be an erotic figure as a mark of loss. And we are used to the power of figures of lack or loss. Thus Hannah Arendt focuses her doctoral dissertation on love in St. Augustine and reviewers and commentators muse that the theme was inspired by the erotic by its loss in and her personal life. For Arendt’s problem was that her lover — she had others then and since, and more than one husband, but we only care about the most famous of her lovers — Martin Heidegger was a married man. But if Arendt is condemned for this, How could she love him? Is her dissertation any good? Is it anything more than a response to him? Where Arendt is diminished or loses face — How could she love him! — Heidegger too is condemned for the liason. Curiously, the condemnation lends Heidegger a bit more depth.