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Arendt, Augustine, and the New Beginning
The Action Theory and Moral Thought of Hannah Arendt in the Light of Her Dissertation on St. Augustine
PAPERBACK; Published: 12/8/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2724-1
Price: $ 50.00
384 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 X 9
A splendid piece of scholarship on a major twentieth-century thinker often overlooked.

This book presents an original scholarly analysis of the work of political theorist Hannah Arendt, focusing on an area hitherto ignored: the ways in which Augustine's thought forms the foundation of Arendt's work. Stephan Kampowski here offers readers a valuable overview of central aspects of Arendt's thought, addressing perennial existential and philosophical questions at the heart of every human being.

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James F. Keating
"Many know that Hannah Arendt wrote on Augustine early in her career, but few have taken the time and effort to relate what she learned from an early Christian bishop to her groundbreaking analysis of the human capacity to act creatively in the midst of the evils of the twentieth century. In addition to doing this difficult work, Stephan Kampowski deftly demonstrates the ways in which Arendt's mature theory of action provides a rich vein of thought for those who take Augustine's worldview more seriously than she was ever able to do."
John Crosby
"In this book Stephan Kampowski gives us a sympathetic and highly competent presentation of the ethics and action theory of Hannah Arendt. He writes intelligently and readably and with great thoroughness about a major twentieth-century thinker who deserves to be known not only as a political philosopher but as a moral philosopher. The particular originality of his work lies in the attention that he gives to the Augustinian strain in Arendt. Kampowski sees in her doctoral dissertation on the concept of love in St. Augustine a key to the whole of her work. At the same time he writes as a serious Christian intellectual, critically reflecting on the ideas that he explains. This splendid piece of scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to Arendt and as a major contribution to disputed issues concerning the interpretation of her work. As with all good books of this kind, the reader of Kampowski acquires the desire to encounter Arendt directly, for he presents her work not just as an object of scholarly interest but as a world of thought worthy of being seriously engaged."