In addition to the works cited in the proposal which all members of the seminar will read in common, this bibliography is provided as a guide for those wishing to delve further into primary and secondary sources. I have asterisked (*) those works I strongly recommend as additional reading.

You might also want to consult some of the voluminous history on the Holocaust as background preparation for our discussions. Particularly recommended are: Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution, Volume 1 (1997, Harper Collins) and The Years of Extermination, Volume 2, (2007, Harper Collins), Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews, (1986 Bantam Books), and Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews, (1961, Harper Collins).

Selected Additional Works by Arendt

*Between Past and Future.

Men in Dark Times

On Revolution

On Violence

Essays on Understanding


Bat Ami, Bar-On. 2002. The Subject of Violence: Essays on Arendtean Understanding. Rowman and Littlefield.

Benhabib, Seyla. 2003 (new edition). The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt. Rowman and Littlefield.

Bernstein, Richard. 1996. Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question. MIT Press.

*Canovan, Margaret. 1992. Hannah Arendt: A Reinterpretation of Her Political Thought. Cambridge University Press.

Celermajer, Danielle, co-editor, (2008) Hannah Arendt and the Dilemmas of Humanism, Cambridge Scholars Press.

*Dietz, Mary. 2002. Turning Operations: Feminism, Arendt and Politics. Routledge.

*Disch, Lisa. 1994. Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Philosophy. Cornell University Press.

Gottsegen, Michael. 1993. The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt. SUNY University Press.

Hill, Melvyn. 1979. Hannah Arendt: The Recovery of the Public World. St. Martins Press.

Honig, Bonnie. 1995. Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt. Penn State University Press.

Jay, Martin. 1978. “Hannah Arendt: Opposing Views.” Partisan Review 45: 348-367.

Jones, Kathleen. 1993. Compassionate Authority: Democracy and the Representation of Women. Routledge: 142-185.

Kateb, George. 1984. Hannah Arendt: Politics, Conscience, Evil. Rowman and Allenheld.

Luft, Sandra. 2003. Vico’s Uncanny Humanism: Reading the New Science Between Modern and Postmodern. Cornell University Press.

*McGowan, John. 1998. Hannah Arendt: An Introduction. University of Minnesota Press.

McGowan, John and Craig Calhoun. 1998. eds. Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics. University of Minnesota Press.

Pitkin, Hanna. 1998. The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt’s Concept of the Social. University of Chicago Press.

Power, Samantha. 2002. A Problem from Hell. Harper Collins.

Villa, Dana. 1996. Arendt and Heidegger: The Fate of the Political. Princeton University Press.

*_________. 2000. The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt. Cambridge University Press.

*Young-Bruehl, Elizabeth. 1982. Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World. (Biography) Yale University Press.

* Young-Bruehl, Elizabeth. 2006. Why Arendt Matters. Yale University Press.

Secondary Related to Eichmann

*Benhabib, Seyla. 2000. “From the Problem of Judgment to the Public Sphere: Rethinking Hannah Arendt’s Political Theory.” Benhabib, The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt: 172-198.

Bernstein, Richard. 1996. Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question. Cambridge University Press.

Browning, Christopher. 1992, 1998. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,. Harper Collins.

Cessarani, David. 2004. Becoming Eichmann. Da Capo Press.

Goldhagen, Daniel. 1997. Hitler’s Willing Executioners. Vintage Books.

La Capra, Dominick. 1994. Representing the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma. Cornell University Press.

Secondary Related to OT

*Benhabib, Seyla. 2002 “Political Geographies in a Global World: Arendtian Reflections.” Social Research, 69: 539-566.

Jeffrey Isaac. 1998. Democracy in Dark Times. Cornell University Press.

*__________. 2002. “Hannah Arendt on Human Rights and the Limits of Exposure.” Social Research, 69: 505-537.

Rosenbaum, Ron. 1998. Explaining Hitler. Harper Perennial.

*Young-Bruehl, Elizabeth. 2002. “On the Origins of a New Totalitarianism.” Social Research 69: 567-578.

Secondary Related to HC

Biskowski, Lawrence J. 1993. “Practical Foundations for Political Judgment: Arendt on Action and World.” Journal of Politics 55: 867-887.

Guaraldo, Olivia. 2001. Storylines: Politics, History, and Narrative from an Arendtian Perspective. University of Jyväskylä.

*Knauer, James T. 1985. “Re-Thinking Arendt’s ‘Vita Activa’: Toward a Theory of Democratic Praxis. Praxis International 5: 185-194.

*Schell, Jonathan. 2002. “A Politics of Natality.” Social Research 69: 461-471.