Taking Ideas Seriously

Published: January 2, 2003
Updated: January 2, 2003

Can we distinguish political choices from philosophical truths? Seyla Benhabib discusses this and more in this review of “Heidegger's Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl L?with, Hans Jonas, and Herbert Marcuse” by Richard Wolin.

Benhabib comments; “Too often these days we reduce philosophy to confession and intimacy to kitsch precisely because we live without a sense of the democratic res publica. No amount of voyeurism and biographical judgmentalism should distract us from engaging with unsettling questions.”

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, and is author most recently of “The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era”.

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