Thursday, January 28, 2010
Defending Hannah Arendt
The Times Literary Supplement printed an article by Bernard Wasserstein last October attacking Hannah Arendt and accusing her of being racially-biased against her own people. This was one incident in a long history of ideologically-inspired attacks against her that followed the publication of Eichmann in Jerusalem. Although her work is continuously criticized unfairly, it continues to attract new followers. Irving Louis Horowitz’s essay in the latest issue of First Things defends Arendt against Wasserstein’s charges.