The talk is devoted to Arendt’s emigre years in Paris--specifically, her philosophical development after fleeing Nazi Germany and her efforts to help Jewish refugees and other stateless people find new homes in Great Britain, the Americas and Palestine. Dr. Meyer is presently completing an intellectual biography of Hannah Arendt to be published by Piper in 2023, and has edited the German critical editions of six of Arendt's works (including Vita Activa, On Revolution and the Eichmann book).
Thomas Meyer studied Philosophy, Modern German Literature, and Classics in Munich. He obtained his doctorate at LMU, Munich, in 2003 and completed his Habilitation at LMU in 2009. He received fellowships from and held guest and visiting professorships at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt, Karl Franzens University Graz, ETH Zurich, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University Nashville, Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, and Boston University. He has published and edited several books on Jewish philosophy and theology, and is now finishing an intellectual biography on Leo Strauss (with C.H. Beck Publishing House, Munich).
This event is co-sponsored by the Aronberg Lectureship in Judaica, The Joyce Z and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago, and the Social Sciences Division.