The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social / Edition 1

The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social / Edition 1

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by Hanna Fenichel Pitkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226669912

ISBN-13: 9780226669915

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

One of the most brilliant political theorists of our time, Hannah Arendt intended her work to liberate, to convince us that the power to improve our flawed arrangements is in our hands. At the same time, Arendt developed a metaphor of "the social" as an alien, appearing as if from outer space to gobble up human freedom; she blamed it—not us—for our

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One of the most brilliant political theorists of our time, Hannah Arendt intended her work to liberate, to convince us that the power to improve our flawed arrangements is in our hands. At the same time, Arendt developed a metaphor of "the social" as an alien, appearing as if from outer space to gobble up human freedom; she blamed it—not us—for our public paralysis. In The Attack of the Blob, Hanna Pitkin seeks to resolve this seeming paradox by tracing Arendt's notion of "the social" throughout her writings. Doing this, Pitkin developes a resolution that considers everything from language to the nature of political theory itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226669915
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
1,139,077
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1: The Problem of the Blob
2: Jewish Assimilation: The Pariah and the Parvenu
3: Biographical Interlude: Philosophy, Love, Exile
4: The Refugee as Parvenu and the Conscious Pariah
5: The Birth of the Blob
6: Writing The Human Condition
7: Absent Authorities: Tocqueville and Marx
8: Abstraction, Authority, and Gender
9: The Social in The Human Condition
10: Excising the Blob
11: Why the Blob?
12: Rethinking "the Social"
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nasty, wretched attack on Hannah, often personal, very judgmental reading of Arendt. Buyer beware.