Hannah Arendt

German-American philosopher and political theorist (1906-1975)

Hannah Arendt (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975) was a German-born political philosopher.

Arendt in 1975

Early lifeEdit

She was Jewish, and emigrated to the United States in the 1930s. She was also active as journalist and university professor. She didn't like to be called philosopher, and also didn't like the term political philosophy. In 1959, she was the first woman to teach at Princeton University.


Between 1963 and 1967 she taught at University of Chicago, and from 1975 at The New School, in New York.

Arendt is best known for two major works that had a large impact:[1] The first one is the book The Origins of Totalitarianism (published in 1951), which was a study of the Nazi and Stalin regimes. The second major work, The Human Condition (published in 1958), was a philosophical book on the human nature and human activities throughout Western history. Over the years, she published several influential essays on topics such as revolution, freedom, authority, tradition and the modern age.


  1. d'Entreves, Maurizio Passerin (July 27, 2006). "Hannah Arendt". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved February 15, 2021.