What is the course about?
Fifty years after Hannah Arendt published ‘On Violence’ this course takes up its key themes concering progress, the use of violence in politics and her distinction between power and violence and asks about their contemporary relevance.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Arendt’s conception of politics
• The distinction between power and violence
• Arendt’s discussion of the American and French revolutions
• The case of Madame Nhu in an Arendtian perspective.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss Arendt’s distinction between power and violence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory. An interest in exploring ideas in a philosophical manner would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in a seminar format with short presentations. Q&A and small or group discussion. There is no work outside class. Slides will be available online.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Bring note-taking equipment of your own preference.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in HP090 - The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?, on 13.2.21.