Three women, all philosophers, all of Jewish descent provide a human face for a decade of crisis in this work. The years when the Nazis rose to power are seen through the lives of Edith Stein, a disciple of Husserl who died in Auschwitz in 1942; Hannah Arendt, pupil of Heidegger and Jaspers, who responded to Hitler by making a personal commitment to Zionism; and Simone Weil, a student of Alain. Following her subjects from 1933 to 1943, Sylvie Courtine-Denany recounts how these three philosophers endeavoured with profound moral commitment to address the issues confronting them. condemned to exile, they not only sought to understand a horrible reality, but also attempted to make peace with it. To do so, Edith Stein and Simone Weil encouraged a stoic acceptance of necessity while Hannah arendt argued for the capacity for renewal and the need to fight against the banality of evil. Courtine-Denamy also describes how as a student, each woman caught the eye of her famous male teacher, yet dared to criticize and go beyond him. She explores each one's sense of her femininity, her position on the "woman question" and her relation to her Jewishness.
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