Public Realm and the Public Self, The: The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt

Public Realm and the Public Self, The: The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt

by Shiraz Dossa



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ISBN-13: 9781554581528
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Shiraz Dossa teaches political theory and political development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He is the author of a number of essays and reviews which have been published in the Review of Politics , Philosophy and Social Criticism , Canadian Journal of Political Science , Alternatives , Arab Studies Quarterly , and MERIP.

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The Public Realm and the Public Self: The Political Theory of Hannah Arend by Shiraz Dossa



Hannah Arendt as a Political Theorist

Literary Political Theory

Method and Imagination

Tradition and the Past

Politics and Political Theory

The Holocaust


Vita Activa : Nature and Politics

Human Nature

The Human Condition

The Public and the Private

Necessity and Violence

The Public Realm

Freedom and Action

The Public Self

Public Space and Human Status

Morality and Politics

Billy Budd



Appendix: The Life of the Mind

Selected writings on Arendt


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Public Realm and the Public Self, The: The Political Theory of Hannah Arendt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pranogajec on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is an excellent explication of some of the major themes in Arendt's political philosophy, which Dossa insists on calling a theory. Of fundamental concern to Arendt is the public realm, which is the arena of heroic, glorious speech and action. Dossa does a great job unpacking the nuance and complexity of her arguments and does not shy away from some of the more troubling aspects of her thought, including the scant attention to she pays to socio-economic factors and race. But he also is a sympathetic writer who obviously finds much of what Arendt had to say insightful and essential for contemporary debates. Especially interesting to me are his remarks on the content of the public realm, which remains vague and somehow placeless in Arendt's writing despite her insistence on the importance of permanent settings for the practice of the vita activa. I only wish Dossa had included a more comprehensive treatment of other writers who have engaged and critiqued her thought. Some references are sprinkled through the rather sparse endnotes (most of which refer to Arendt's works themselves) but a more unified treatment would have been helpful. Yet this remains indispensable as a thoughtful and engaging discussion of her work.