The Human Condition

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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 increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the ...
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Overview


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 increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today. This new edition, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of its original publication, contains an improved and expanded index and a new introduction by noted Arendt scholar Margaret Canovan which incisively analyzes the book's argument and examines its present relevance. A classic in political and social theory, The Human Condition is a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the leading social theorists in the United States. Her Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy and Love and Saint Augustine are also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Updated edition of a work originally published in 1958; includes an expanded index and an introduction by Arendt scholar Margaret Canovan (political thought, U. of Keele, England) which analyzes the book and its contemporary relevance. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
New Yorker - Adam Kirsch
"It is hard to name another thinker of the twentieth century more sought after as a guide to the dilemmas of the twenty-first."
New Yorker

"It is hard to name another thinker of the twentieth century more sought after as a guide to the dilemmas of the twenty-first."

— Adam Kirsch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226025988
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 218,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was an influential German political theorist and philosopher who came to the United States as a refugee from the Nazis in 1940. She held a number of academic positions at American universities including the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University; the University of Chicago; and Princeton University, where she was the first woman appointed to a full professorship. Her works, which deal with issues of power, authority, revolution, thought, and judgment, include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, Eichmann in Jerusalem, Between Past and Future, and the incomplete and posthumously published The Life of the Mind. Wanda McCaddon began recording books for the fledgling audiobook industry in the early 1980s and has since narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers, as well as abridging, narrating, and coproducing classic titles for her own company, Big Ben. Audiobook listeners may be familiar with her voice under one of her two "nom de mikes," Donada Peters and Nadia May. The recipient of an Audie nomination and more than twenty-five Earphones Awards, AudioFile magazine has named her one of recording's Golden Voices. Wanda also appears regularly on the professional stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
Prologue
I. The Human Condition
1 Vita Activa and the Human Condition
2 The Term Vita Activa
3 Eternity versus Immortality
II. The Public and the Private Realm
4 Man: A Social or a Political Animal
5 The Polis and the Household
6 The Rise of the Social
7 The Public Realm: The Common
8 The Private Realm: Property
9 The Social and the Private
10 The Location of Human Activities
III. Labor
11 "The Labour of Our Body and the Work of Our Hands"
12 The Thing-Character of the World
13 Labor and Life
14 Labor and Fertility
15 The Privacy of Property and Wealth
16 The Instruments of Work and the Division of Labor
17 A Consumers' Society
IV. Work
18 The Durability of the World
19 Reification
20 Instrumentality and Animal Laborans
21 Instrumentality and Homo Faber
22 The Exchange Market
23 The Permanence of the World and the Work of Art
V. Action
24 The Disclosure of the Agent in Speech and Action
25 The Web of Relationships and the Enacted Stories
26 The Frailty of Human Affairs
27 The Greek Solution
28 Power and the Space of Appearance
29 Homo Faber and the Space of Appearance
30 The Labor Movement
31 The Traditional Substitution of Making for Acting
32 The Process Character of Action
33 Irreversibility and the Power To Forgive
34 Unpredictability and the Power of Promise
VI. The Vita Activa and the Modern Age
35 World Alienation
36 The Discovery of the Archimedean Point
37 Universal versus Natural Science
38 The Rise of the Cartesian Doubt
39 Introspection and the Loss of Common Sense
40 Thought and the Modern World View
41 The Reversal of Contemplation and Action
42 The Reversal within the Vita Activa and the Victory of Homo Faber
43 The Defeat of Homo Faber and the Principle of Happiness
44 Life as the Highest Good
45 The Victory of the Animal Laborans
Acknowledgments
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Well written

    After reading this I felt a sincere and deep connection to the human pychee that I had never experienced before. I must recommend this to all people questioning the viability of their own lives in relation to the earth, moon and piglets.

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