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Hannah Arendt/Martin Heidegger [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Elzbieta Ettinger
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3. November 1997
This book is the first to tell in detail the story of the passionate and secret love affair between two of the most prominent philosophers of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Drawing on their previously unknown correspondence, Elzbieta Ettinger describes a relationship that lasted for more than half a century, a relationship that sheds startling light on both individuals, challenging our image of Heidegger as an austere and abstract thinker and of Arendt as a consummately independent and self-assured personality. Arendt and Heidegger met in 1924 at the University of Marburg, when Arendt, an eighteen-year-old German Jew, became a student of Heidegger, a thirty-five-year-old married man. They were lovers for about four years; separated for almost twenty years, during which time Heidegger became a Nazi and Arendt emigrated to the United States and involved herself with issues of political theory and philosophy; resumed their relationship in 1950 and in spite of its complexities remained close friends until Arendt's death in 1975. Ettinger provides engrossing details of this strange and tormented relationship. She shows how Heidegger used Arendt but also influenced her thought, how Arendt struggled to forgive Heidegger for his prominent involvement with the Nazis, and how Heidegger's love for Arendt and fascination with Nazism can be linked to his romantic predisposition. A dramatic love story and a revealing look at the emotional lives of two intellectual giants, the book will fascinate anyone interested in the complexities of the human psyche.

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  • Taschenbuch: 150 Seiten
  • Verlag: Yale Univ Pr; Auflage: Revised. (3. November 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0300072546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300072549
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 13 x 1 cm
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This work tells the story of a secret love affair between two of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. It aims to shed light on both individuals, challenging the image of Heidegger as an austere thinker, and Arendt as an independent personality.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen über die nacht-seite einer philosophin ... 1. Februar 2005
die am "massachusetts institute of technology humanities" lehrende professorin elzbieta ettinger schreibt mit psychologischem scharfblick über die beziehung hannah arendt / martin heidegger. als studentin verliebte sich die jüdin 1924 in den gerade durch "SEIN und ZEIT" berühmt gewordenen heidegger - der allerdings verheiratet war. dennoch unterhielten sie vier jahre eine heimliche liebesbeziehung, die zerbrach, weil sich heidegger enthusiastisch dem hitler-regime zuwandte und die jüdin arendt fallen ließ wie eine heiße kartoffel. um so trauriger, dass hannah arendt, tief in sich selbst zerspalten, nach dem krieg aufgrund gewisser sklavischer, masochistischer, chronischer verliebtheit heidegger wieder mehrmals kontaktierte (ausgerechnet auf ihren europa-reisen als generaldirektorin der "commission on european jewish cultural reconstruction"). die ehefrau elfride heidegger giftete, hannah arendt sei vernagelt und blödsinnig vor eifersucht, hannah arendt gab zu protokoll, frau heidegger sei so unbelehrbar, dass sie wohl immer noch bereit sei, alle juden zu ersäufen, derer sie habhaft werden könne. obwohl die philosophin hannah arendt weltweit zum symbol des aufrechten, mutigen ganges und der souveränen kritikfähigkeit wurde, war sie im schwächeren, abgespaltenen, aber öfters wieder in die handlungskompetenz geratenden regredierenden teil ihrer ICH-struktur die unterwürfige studentin geblieben, die ihren professor anhimmelt - egal, was er auf dem kerbholz hat. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Arendt / Heidgger 16. März 2002
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The story of Arendt and Heidigger's love affair is an interesting one, and this book is interesting because it tells that story, but for no other reason. The author seems to have chosen this subject becuase she had access to the material in the archive, and not because she had anything to say about the subject. It left me feeling that, aside from a a few gossipy details, I knew no more about either person than before. Not only do Arendt and Heidigger remain elusive, Ettinger does not even seem to want to go after them! Their relationship is primerily of interest becuase of what they thought and wrote: Ettinger presents the few enough facts about their relationship in a readable style, but has no grasp of the thought of either one.
I find it impossible to agree with reviewer quoted on the back of the jacket, that this is "a most valuble book, an important record". It isn't: it's an evening's light reading. I can imagine a biographer of either figure (or a playwright or novelist, for that matter), immersed and *interested* in their work, who will really show us why their relartionship was important. (And why was a book that must of necessity include German names and words set in a typeface without umlauts? Bizarre!)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Respectful account of a tragic love affair 12. Januar 2002
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I must say, rarely do I find myself disagreeing as strongly with the consensus of other reviewers as I do in this case. Ettinger's book is a brief and restrained account of a characteristically German sentimental relationship which obviously had a strong long term impact on the thought of Hannah Arendt. The fact that Arendt, a fully assimilated German of Jewish origin, could enter so fully into a relationship of this nature, which is so typically a phenomenon of the Romantic German milieu, is both poignant and a profound rebuke to the obscene anti-Semitism from which she and so many millions suffered.
The Heidegger-Arendt love affair has much of the power of the great Abelard and Heloise love affair, with which it has strong affiinities.
Given the fact that the letters on which this book is based are intimate, and, in Arendt's case at least, were in many cases written by a young and still unformed intellect, Ettinger seems to have exercised great restraint and avoided scoring cheap points by being unsympathetic towards the excesses of the letter writers.
Ettinger does not flinch from contrasting Arendt's tormented and difficult-to-defend collaboration in Heidegger's post-War rehabilitation with Jaspers's principled and unyielding refusal to re-establish his relationship with Heidegger unless Heidegger rejected the Nazi Party and its crimes--which he never did, in private or public.
This is not a profound study--it is a refreshingly light 139 pages or so. But it accomplishes what it sets out to do: provide a preliminary account of a startling and anguished love affair which has an almost symbolic quality to it.
The only reason it doesn't get five stars is because of the extremely limited quotations from the letters themselves, which was probably a condition imposed on Ettinger by the Hannah Arendt Literary Trust.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a day in the lives of... 9. März 2002
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Just to be fair: The book is not exhaustive but nor is it "tabloid" as one reviewer put it. And it is certainly not "soft porn". There is nothing "lurid" in these pages. The writing is, as the more fair-minded reviewer suggested, restrained in a respectful way, to all parties concerned.
This brief account does not set out to describe the impact the affair had on the two individuals' respective work. For anyone to demand such an account seems to me totally unreasonable: That a private passion of the heart always impacts one's intellectual work is by no means a given.
What this book shows you, regardless of the subjective tinge the author may have imposed on the characters in question, is the mystery of the workings of the heart. Ettinger sketches a portrait of a woman in love but not just any woman, but a woman of exceptional intelligence, expansive soul, and loyalty -- to her own ideals of friendship. Cloying speculations concerning the psychological causes -- childhood traumas, etc -- that may have led these two individuals to live and love the way they did are left out and the book is the more elegant and tactful for it.
To call Arendt a naif for the way she allowed herself to be "abused over and over again" would be to admit to total lack of understanding of the very nature of love. Arendt shows over and over her desire, need, psychosis -- choose your favorite term -- to forgive a man who in many ways was unforgiveable. Love does that.
In this double portrait of two people who happened to be academic thinkers, some 50 years is rendered as if it were a day. Heidegger comes off here as a man not above the sort of pettiness and calculation you and I lapse into occasionally, while Arendt is portrayed, without forcing any evidence to this purpose, as the kind of woman who could leave behind a legacy of not only of thinking but also of loving in the grand style. Great and important as Heidegger may be in the history of western philosophy, he may, alas, very well have been one of those gnomish professors we've all come across in our lives: brilliant and thus all the more annoying when they put their intelligence and intellect in the service of self-serving calculation. This book, written in clear prose and balance, confirms the disturbing (and disappointing) fact character and thought are not always equally winged.
Forget the names of the characters involved. Read it as a document of a love that would have made a great B&W movie as well, with the late Ingrid Bergman as Arendt, and Mickey Rooney as Heidegger.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Arendt: The human being 1. November 2013
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Ordinary human beings are often dazzled at a young age by charismatic elders. Occasionally, these asymmetric relationships persist into later life. This well-researched and well-written book traces the relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger from its origins at the University of Marburg to the end of Heidegger's life.

The initial impact of this book is to put meat on the bones of those ongoing abstract debates about the degree of Heidegger's culpability in supporting the Third Reich. Beyond that, this book tips the scale by showing that Heidegger was capable of seducing a young, impressionable student, ending it when he became worried about the affair's potential impact on his career, then renewing the relationship in later life when it suited his purposes. Heidegger needed Arendt's support against his critics.

Readers will come away disgusted with Heidegger, but impatient with Arendt. She does not come off as tough minded as her reputation suggests. She allowed her early infatuation with Heidegger to color what should have been a mature judgement. Driven by old loyalties, she defended Heidegger against his critics.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sensationalistic but shallow 17. Dezember 2000
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That Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger were lovers during her years as his student in Germany has been an item of gossipy curiousity for decades. She was young, attractive, and impressionable, he already a philosophical giant at the height of his career, and the relationship would have most likely been a flattering personal accomplishment for each. Most assumed it to have been a brief fling, with little lasting effect on either individual. Ettinger's book, however, reveals that this was anything but the case.
Ettinger, who was fortunate enough to gain access to the correspondence between the two lovers, shows in her most recent work that their relationship was far more involved - in depth and in chronological breadth - than anyone had previously imagined. She presents the strange affair between the young Jewish woman and the Nazi philosopher as affecting both parties deeply, blaming Arendt's more contentious conclusions about the Holocaust and her confused feelings about her own Jewish identity on this committment to her former teacher. Heidegger is presented as a conniving and selfish manipulator, using Arendt for sexual gratification, intellectual flattery, and finally as a means to gain exculpation from his Nazi past. Arendt comes across as an emotionally dependent naif, allowing herself time and time again to be so abused.
There is not enough substance in this book to do justice to either thinker, though. Netheir Arendt nor Heidegger should be so simplified. Ettinger writes in a torrid and overly Romantic style underlined by a condescending attitude, and one finishes the book with a slightly guilty feeling, looking for some way to rationalize any pleasure gained from gratuitously purusing the private lives of these two intellectuals. Again, this slim and simplified account is not enough to tease out what the lasting repercussions - on Arendt's reputation and in her word - the unveiling of this affair might be. I for one hope the version of Arendt Ettinger presents does not last. She - and Heidegger - both have much more to offer to the world than this sort of empty tabloid entertainment.
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