Hannah Arendt interviewed by Gunter Gaus

This is the video of Arendt’s 1964 interview with Gaus. There are many interesting moments here, including Arendt’s famous clarification that she is a political theorist and not a philosopher. She also goes into some personal details about her relationship to politics in the context of Weimar. But as someone who had been reading Arendt for years and yet saw very little footage of her, what I found just as fascinating are her mannerisms and tone.

A longer version of this interview was published in Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954. Cut from the interview here is a discussion of The Human Condition, where Arendt discusses the meaning of “world” and the connection between philosophy and politics.


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