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Hannah Arendt, totalitarianism, and the social sciences / Peter Baehr.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: JC251.A74 B34 2010

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    "This book examines the nature of totalitarianism as interpreted by some of the finest minds of the twentieth century. It focuses on Hannah Arendt's claim that totalitarianism was an entirely unprecedented regime and that the social sciences had integrally misconstrued it. A sociologist who is a critical admirer of Arendt, Baehr looks sympathetically at Arendt's objections to social science and shows that her complaints were in many respects justified." "Avoiding broad disciplinary endorsements or dismissals, Baehr reconstructs the theoretical and political stakes of Arendt's encounters with prominent social scientists such as David Riesman, Raymond Aron, and Jules Monnerot. In presenting the first systematic appraisal of Arendt's critique of the social sciences, Baehr examines what it means to see an event as unprecedented. Furthermore, he adapts Arendt and Aron's philosophies to shed light on modern Islamist terrorism and to ask whether it should be categorized alongside Stalinism and National Socialism as totalitarian."--BOOK JACKET.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Baehr, Peter.
    Published
    Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010
    Contents
    Hannah Arendt's indictment of social science
    "Totalitarianism" in the dialogue of David Riesman and Hannah Arendt
    Ideology, terror and the "mysterious margin" : Raymond Aron versus Hannah Arendt
    Totalitarianism as a secular religion : the dispute between Hannah Arendt and Jules Monnerot
    Concluding reflections : a new constellation of terror.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Hannah Arendt's indictment of social science -- "Totalitarianism" in the dialogue of David Riesman and Hannah Arendt -- Ideology, terror and the "mysterious margin" : Raymond Aron versus Hannah Arendt -- Totalitarianism as a secular religion : the dispute between Hannah Arendt and Jules Monnerot -- Concluding reflections : a new constellation of terror.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780804756501
    0804756503 (cloth : alk. paper)
    Physical Description
    ix, 231 p. ; 24 cm.

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