The Jewish impact on American intellectual culture.
At the same time, Arendt conscientiously immersed herself in public activities, becoming a dependable participant at annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and a vigorous polemicist in political controversies. The passion of near-visceral "involvement" doubtless bespoke her awareness that the detachment of intellectuals had abetted the collapse of democracy in Europe.
And meanwhile, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Arendt continued to produce an astonishing number of books and articles. Her 1958 volume The Human Condition, a trenchant refutation of Marxist social thought, evoked as much admiration among conservatives as The Origins of Totalitarianism had among liberals. She wrote on political theory, revolution, violence, education, civil disobedience. No issue in society was alien to her. Tough and unsentimental through every vicissitude and reward, Arendt became the paradigm of Jewish intellectualism, of European Jewry's supreme cultural gift to the New World--the deprovincialization of the American mind.
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