Category Archives: Philosophy

Hannah Arendt: Collections, Essays and Audio

Hannah Arendt Center at Bard
Includes the Hannah Arendt Library

The Hannah Arendt Papers at The Library of Congress
Gifted by Hannah Arendt between 1965 – 2000, the papers span the years 1898 to 1977.

Hannah Arendt: Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954 – full text at Archive.org
Includes Franz Kafka: A Revaluation

Enter the Hannah Arendt Archives & Discover Rare Audio Lectures, Manuscripts, Marginalia, Letters, Postcards & More, Open Culture
This article includes audio of Arendt’s speech “Power & Violence”

Benjamin on Kafka: failure

“To do justice to the figure of Kafka in its purity and its peculiar beauty, one must never lose sight of the one thing: it is the figure of a failure. The circumstances of this failure are manifold. One is tempted to say: once he was certain of eventual failure, everything worked out for him en route as in a dream. There is nothing more memorable than the fervor with which Kafka emphasized his failure” (Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, pg 566, Letter to Gerhard Scholem, June 12, 1938)