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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences

Peter Baehr


This book examines the nature of totalitarianism as interpreted by some of the finest minds of the twentieth century, focusing on Hannah Arendt's claim that totalitarianism was an entirely unprecedented regime and that the social sciences had integrally misconstrued it. A sociologist who is a critical admirer of Arendt, the author looks sympathetically at Arendt's objections to social science and shows that her complaints were in many respects justified. Avoiding broad disciplinary endorsements or dismissals, he reconstructs the theoretical and political stakes of Arendt's encounters with prom ... More

Keywords: totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, social sciences, David Riesman, Raymond Aron, Jules Monnerot, Islamist terrorism, Stalinism, National Socialism, unprecedented regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756501
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Baehr, author