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Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, 1946-2011

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

March 3, 1946-December 1, 2011

We were saddened to learn that Elisabeth Young-Bruehl passed away yesterday. Many in the Arendt community knew her as Arendt's former student and first biographer. Her magisterial Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World,  introduced many of us to the life and ideas of Hannah Arendt.

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl left academic philosophy and turned to psychoanalysis. Most recently she practiced psychoanalysis in Toronto, where she had been living since 2007.



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  1. This is so sad and a loss to all of us. I recommend to all that you read Elisabeth’s last blog post, which is a wonderful account of her intellectual journey over the last 15 years. You can find it here:

  2. I am in shock. We had invited Elisabeth to a conference in San Diego this summer, a psychoanalytic conference at which she was to be a speaker and I her moderator. She accepted and was so looking forward to being in San Diego. I cannot believe this! What a loss. The work she was doing on Winnicott was going to be landmark.

  3. Though we never met I have followed Elisabeth’s work for many years. I grieve her loss as I would a cherished friend.

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