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

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

by Hanna Fenichel Pitkin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226669908
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Series: Cinema and Modernity Ser.
Edition description: 1
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Hanna Fenichel Pitkin is a professor emerita of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Concept of Representation, Fortune is a Woman, and Wittgenstein and Justice. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

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"

What People are Saying About This

Michael P. Rogin

In this biographical, theoretical tour de force, with the drama of a political theory detective story, the linked, problematic meanings of the social in Hannah Arendt's thought emerge from a genealogy of her life and work. Hanna Pitkin's model of respectful criticism, which shows how Hannah Arendt got it wrong, leaves the reader freshly impressed by the powser of both their acheivements. -- Author of Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot

Bernard Yack

The Attack of the Blob is a splendid book, a model of creative and critical engagement with the work of an important thinker.

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