Take note, fellow readers of The Human Condition from last winter’s reading group.
‘For Love of the World’ – Arendt, politics, space
Convener: Richard J Bater (Royal Holloway, Universityof London)
Sponsored by the Political Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with theInstitute ofBritish Geographers
RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh University – 3-5th July, 2012
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (to whom the title of this session is indebted), in her biography of Hannah Arendt, notes her recurrent concern for ‘the world’, after Martin Heidegger, as well as her contemporary experiences of worldliness and worldlessness, – questions that geographers too have long concerned themselves with – at the very basis of her political thought. There are glimmers too, of a sophisticated conception of the space(s) of politics and the production of space pregnant within Arendt’s works. In ‘To Save the Jewish Homeland’ (1948), for example, we find Arendt’s anti-transcendental conception of the political and identity, as a critique of European nationalism, to inform…
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