Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

History of a Love
Antonia Grunenberg, translated by Peg Birmingham, Kristina Lebedeva and Elizabeth von Witzke Birmingham
Distribution: Canada and USA and its dependencies
Publication date: 07/17/2017
Format: Hardback 32 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02523-4
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How could Hannah Arendt, a German Jew who fled Germany in 1931, have reconciled with Martin Heidegger, whom she knew had joined and actively participated in the Nazi Party? In this remarkable biography, Antonia Grunenberg tells how the relationship between Arendt and Heidegger embraced both love and thought and made their passions inseparable, both philosophically and romantically. Grunenberg recounts how the history between Arendt and Heidegger is entwined with the history of the twentieth century with its breaks, catastrophes, and crises. Against the violent backdrop of the last century, she details their complicated and often fissured relationship as well as their intense commitments to thinking.

Author Bio

Antonia Grunenberg is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is author of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility (IUP), editor (with Philippe van Haute) of Dissensus Communis: Between Ethics and Politics, and editor (with Anna Yeatman) of Aporia of Rights: Citizenship in an Era of Human Rights. She is editor of Philosophy Today.

Elizabeth von Witzke Birmingham lives and works in Berlin. She is translator (with Peg Birmingham) of Dominique Janicaud’s Powers of the Rational: Science, Technology, and the Future of Thought (IUP).

Kristina Lebedeva is a doctoral student of Philosophy at DePaul University.


“In her double-biography, Antonia Grunenberg creates a wide-ranging panorama of the period, drawing on interviews with contemporaries and new material she has uncovered. She tells the story of the 20th century's most controversial lovers. (From German publisher.)”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peg Birmingham
Introduction to the English Translation
1. World Out of Joint, or How the Revolution in Philosophy Began
2. Life’s Transformation, or the Sudden Eruption of Love into Life
3. The Failure of the German-Jewish Symbiosis, or Friends Becoming Enemies
4. Heidegger absconditus, or the Discovery of America
5. The Break in Tradition and a New Beginning, or Arendt and Heidegger in Counterpoint
6. Amor mundi, or Thinking the World after the Catastrophe