Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism”
Roger Berkowitz reviews Hannah Arendt’s landmark “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” framing the book within the context of contemporary politics....
Roger Berkowitz is founder and academic director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and associate professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College. He is co-editor of Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch, published last month by Fordham University Press. Professor Berkowitz’s books include The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition (Harvard, 2005; Fordham, 2010; Chinese Law Press 2011); Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics (2009) (co-editor with Jeffrey Katz and Thomas Keenan); and The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis (2012) (co-editor with Taun Toay). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The American Interest, Bookforum, The Paris Review, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and many other publications. He is the editor of HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center, and a co-editor of Just Ideas, a book series published by Fordham University Press. He also runs the Hannah Arendt Center’s Virtual Reading Group.