HANNAH ARENDT, Germany, France, and the United States (1906–1975)

Hannah Arendt was a political philosopher, a student of Heidegger’s who came to question his anti-semitism, a refugee from Nazi Germany who taught and wrote that there are no foundations or everlasting truths to ground our political practices. She dared to name “the banality of evil,” the way evil emerges when people just do their jobs and don’t think about whether their jobs should be done at all.

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