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The human condition

The human condition

Author: Hannah Arendt; Margaret Canovan
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
A work of striking originality bursting with unexpected insights, The Human condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then--diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975.
Human condition.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Arendt; Margaret Canovan
ISBN: 0226025993 9780226025995 0226025985 9780226025988
OCLC Number: 38885897
Description: xx, 349 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. The human condition. Vita activa and the human condition ; The term vita activa ; Eternity versus immortality --
II. The public and the private realm. Man : a social or a political animal ; The polis and the household ; The rise of the social ; The public realm : the common ; The private realm : property ; The social and the private ; The location of human activities --
III. Labor. "The labour of our body and the work of our hands" ; The thing-character of the world ; Labor and life ; Labor and fertility ; The privacy of property and wealth ; The instruments of work and the division of labor ; A consumers' society --
IV. Work. The durability of the world ; Reification ; Instrumentality and animal laborans ; Instrumentality and homo faber ; The exchange market ; The permanence of the world and the work of art --
V. Action. The disclosure of the agent in speech and action ; The web of relationships and the enacted stories ; The frailty of human affairs ; The Greek solution ; Power and the space of appearance ; Homo faber and the space of appearance ; The labor movement ; The traditional substitution of making for acting ; The process character of action ; Irreversibility and the power to forgive ; Unpredictability and the power of promise --
VI. The Vita Activa and the modern age. World alienation ; The discovery of the Archimedean point ; Universal versus natural science ; The rise of the Cartesian eoubt ; Introspection and the loss of common sense ; Thought and the modern world view ; The reversal of contemplation and action ; The reversal within the vita activa and the victory of homo faber ; The defeat of homo faber and the principle of happiness ; Life as the highest good ; The victory of the animal laborans.
Responsibility: by Hannah Arendt ; introduction by Margaret Canovan.
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Considering humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable, this text addresses diminishing human agency and political freedom - the paradox that as human powers increase  Read more...


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