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  • James Rovira
    From _History and Theory_ In “Debating Totalitarianism: An Exchange of Letters between Hannah Arendt and Eric Voegelin,” we are treated to a real gem of a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2012
      From _History and Theory_

      In �Debating Totalitarianism: An Exchange of Letters between Hannah Arendt
      and Eric Voegelin,� we are treated to a real gem of a scholarly exchange,
      previously unavailable in English, now translated by Gordon C. Wells and
      available for free download (
      http://www.historyandtheory.org/authorpdfs/freearticle.html ). We are also
      provided a lucid, informative introduction by Peter Baehr where he compares
      Arendt�s letters, offers context, and provides a snapshot of Arendt�s and
      Voegelin�s perceptions of each other. The exchange itself is the result of
      circumstances in 1952 when Waldemar Gurian, founding editor of The Review
      of Politics, commissioned Eric Voegelin to review Hannah Arendt�s recently
      published The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). Arendt was given the right
      to reply; Voegelin would furnish a concluding note. Preceding this
      dialogue, Voegelin wrote a letter to Arendt anticipating aspects of his
      review; she responded in kind. Arendt wrote two drafts of her letter, the
      first and longest being the more interesting. It contained an early
      reference to her thinking about the relationship among plurality, politics,
      and philosophy. It also invoked her notion of the compelling �logic� of
      totalitarian ideology. But this was not the letter Voegelin received.
      Because of this, he misunderstood significant parts of her argument. In
      this article, the two versions of Arendt�s letter are presented, prefaced
      by Voegelin�s initial message to Arendt.

      --
      James Rovira
      Associate Professor of English
      Program Chair of Graduate Humanities
      *http://tinyurl.com/tumhum*
      Tiffin University
      Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
      Continuum 2010
      http://www.wix.com/jamesrovira/portfolio


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