Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
By Agnes Thurnauer (Paris, 1962)
Mixed media, acrylic on photo
"Hannah Arendt commits us to continue to think things through, to take our responsibilities. She encourages the new generation to make use of discernment, to remain political beings, to make room for themselves beyond their differences."
Born into a German Jewish family, Hannah Arendt, a pupil of Heidegger's, is a major philosopher of the second half of the 20th century. Also a journalist and political scientist, she was the first to define the concept of totalitarianism. In 1961, she covered the trial of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, which led to the writing of her Report on the Banality of Evil (1963).