Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 27: Hannah Arendt (Part 2)

Friday 30 June 2017, 7pm: Our last Hannah Arendt reading group was such a success that we’re returning to the subject. This time we’ll be reading from selections of The Human Condition and The Life of the Mind.

Our reading groups have been growing, and we believe that together we can help arm our minds through critical theory and philosophy. Come talk about theory, philosophy, and how it relates to current events with a friendly group of readers, thinkers, and intellectuals who are local here to the Monterey peninsula.

Readings from The Life of the Mind, read the first section on “Appearance”. Available here.

Readings from The Human Condition, read the first section on “The Human Condition”. Available here.

About Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a number of academic positions at various American universities until her death in 1975. She is best known for two works that had a major impact both within and outside the academic community. The first, The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951, was a study of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes that generated a wide-ranging debate on the nature and historical antecedents of the totalitarian phenomenon. The second, The Human Condition, published in 1958, was an original philosophical study that investigated the fundamental categories of the vita activa (labor, work, action). In addition to these two important works, Arendt published a number of influential essays on topics such as the nature of revolution, freedom, authority, tradition and the modern age. At the time of her death in 1975, she had completed the first two volumes of her last major philosophical work, The Life of the Mind, which examined the three fundamental faculties of the vita contemplativa (thinking, willing, judging). (From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

This reading group will be facilitated by local philosopher and author, Robert Kuhry. His book, Authenticity, is available at Old Capitol Books.

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