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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century. Born in Germany to a Jewish family, she studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger at the University of Marburg. She was forced to emigrate when Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party took power in 1933. After spending the next eight years in France, she immigrated to the United States in 1941, where she became a major part of a vibrant intellectual community. Arendt’s major works—The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), The Human Condition (1958), On Revolution (1963), and Eichmann in Jerusalem (1965)—dealt with philosophy, politics, and history.

Arendt wrote comparatively little about education and the philosophy of education. Apart from a couple of essays titled “What is Authority?” and “The Crisis in Education” in ...

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