Splash Biography


Major: ILR

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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H419: The Jewish Writings: Hannah Arendt and Questions of Identity in Splash Spring 18 (Apr. 28, 2018)
Political philosopher Hannah Arendt is one of the more unique thinkers of the 20th century, frequently remembered for her writing on totalitarianism and the concept of the "banality of evil." In this course, we will look particularly at her writings on Jewishness and Jewish identity, compiled in recent years in a book entitled The Jewish Writings. Through these writings, spanning from Arendt's time in pre-Holocaust Germany in the 30's to her writings as an established academic in the US during the 1960's, we will explore her unique view of what it means to be Jewish and what a political program for the Jewish people could look like. We will examine her view of the conditions of Jews in pre-WWII Europe, her critiques of both Zionism and assimilationism, her potential vision for what a "Jewish state" might look like, and the potential implications of her critiques and ideas for modern questions of nationalism and minority rights pertaining to all nations and people.