Hannah Arendt is one of the most original and controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century, and has attracted a great deal of comment and criticism. This book argues that much of the published work on Arendt has been flawed by serious misunderstandings, arising from a failure to see her work in its proper context. Dr. Canovan shows how such misunderstanding was possible, and she offers a fundamental reinterpretation, drawing on Arendt's unpublished as well as her published work, which sheds new light on most areas of her thought. This reinterpretation will surely strengthen Arendt's status as one of the most significant political thinkers of the twentieth century.
'Margaret Canovan has written an extraordinarily good book about Hannah Arendt's political thought - the best and most comprehensive work yet written on the subject ... No-one working on Arendt in the future will be able to ignore Canovan's new and compelling interpretations.' Suzanne Duvall Jacobitti, Times Higher Education Supplement 'In her new, thorough and illuminating analysis of her thought, Margaret Canovan sets out to rescue the integrity of Arendt's work ... what Arendt offers, elucidated by Canovan, is an unprecedented way of thinking about the moving boundaries of the private, personal, and social.' Sarah Benton, New Statesman and Society 'Margaret Canovan, who has written on Arendt before, now gives us a beautifully composed and mature account of her political thought as a whole, drawing extensively on unpublished sources to illuminate major works such as The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition.' The Times Literary Supplement