Arendt, Johanna "Hannah"
Arendt, Johanna "Hannah" (October 14, 1906 - December 4, 1975)
German-American political theorist. Although she rejected the label, she is also thought of as a philosopher in some circles. She taught at several universities and her work is centered on anti-Semitism, freedom, democracy and the totalitarian state and mind. While covering the Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel she used the phrase “the banality of crime” to describe the criminality of Eichmann and his ilk and this phrase has now passed into common currency as a description of totalitarian horrors. The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) and The Human Condition (1958) are two of her most famous books.