The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP090
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Hannah Arendt developed and extended her philosophical thought in many directions including meditations on the nature of philosophy, its place in the world and the importance of thinking for thinking’s sake. Central to her philosophy is the distinction between the ‘vita activa’ (active life) and ‘vita contemplativa’ (life of contemplation). Drawing on her key works ‘The Human Condition’ and ‘The Life of the Mind’, this course examines her philosophy of philosophy.
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 the human condition: plurality and natality
• Arendt’s distinction between active and contemplative lifeworld
• The significance of thinking in the world
• The case of Eichmann.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss the relevance of Arendt’s understanding of thinking as a guard against evil.
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 HP163: The best laid plans of mice and men… Totalitatianism and the State, taught by the same tutor and beginning in May 2022.
From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.