We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
German-American political theorist
1906 – 1975
Hannah Arendt was a German-American political theorist. She believed that philosophy described ‘man in the singular’ and referred to her work as that of political theory because it related to all of the men who inhabit the world. Arendt wrote several books throughout her life, the most influential and well-known work being The Human Condition (1958), which develops her theory of political action in relation to the existence of a public realm.
We all grow up incessantly asking our parents, teachers and peers ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’. Some people never stop. In the illuminating and very readable A Little History of Philosophy, Nigel Warburton tells us about 40 of the most special questioners a …