112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Hannah Arendt Re-historicized

Session Chair: 
Fuhito Endo, Seikei University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 8


  1. Michiko Shimokobe, Seikei University, Japan
    In each successive edition of The Origin of Totalitarianism (1951, 1958, 1968), the notion of totalitarianism was expanded, revised, and specified. We can see that Arendt developed her argument of totalitarianism by reacting to new political realities of America. I would like to investigate what kind of elements of talitarianism such as an ideology and total terror survives in the democratic society of America.
  2. Dan O'Neill, University of California, Berkeley
    This paper considers the friendship between Hannah Arendt and Alfred Kazin.  It explores an extended tangle of relations by comparing the personal influence of Emerson’s work on the correspondence between Arendt and Kazin and the personal influence of this literary friendship on Arendt’s philosophical reflections on the political.
  3. Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan
     Arendt and de Man shared several conditions of refugee scholars. First, they made friends with Mary McCarthy. Second, they  criticized the idea of totality. Third, they  caused a serious controversy over the status of the Jews. 
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