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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences$
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Peter Baehr

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756501

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756501.001.0001

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Concluding Reflections

Concluding Reflections

A New Constellation of Terror

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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences
Stanford University Press

This chapter provides some concluding reflections on Hannah Arendt's ideas and the concept of terror. It argues that despite Arendt's limited familiarity with sociology, she did raise some astute objections to aspects of its treatment of National Socialism. The discussion considers totalitarianism and radical Islamism, the character of Bolshevik and National Socialist totalitarianism, and modern Islamist terror, concluding that the destruction of the world is possible but improbable. Most terrorism is a resounding failure if success is measured by the terrorists' ability to achieve their policy objectives—to the extent that they have clear objectives.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, social science, Germany, Islam, National Socialism

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