Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

24.10.2018 um 12:15 bis 27.03.2019 um 13:45

Philosophy Department, Leibnizstr. 6, 4 floor, room 434

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for doctoral candidates and postdocs (up to two years after their doctorate) of all faculties.


Substitute of Prof. Blättler: PD Dr. Thomas Meyer, LMU München


Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition", based on Lectures at the University of Chicago and publishes in 1958, is considered her major philosophical work. The seminar offers a close reading of the following topics:

An analysis of the vita activa based on the three categories of labor, work and action; the distinction between the vita activa and the vita contemplativa and the discussion of these concepts in Plato's and Aristotle's work, Arendt's most important innovation: the distinction between the private and the public; Marxist economics in the context of vita activa the historic transition to the identification of life as the highest value - and finally: the significance of "natality" in reference to human action.


1st meeting:

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 12.15 am, Philosophy Department, Leibnizstr. 6, 4th floor, R. 434

You are welcome to attend without registration. The following meetings are to be fixed at the first meeting. If you have questions contact Ms Beate Kraehnke  bkraehnke@philsem.uni-kiel.de.


Please note: The participation in this seminar is accountable for the certificate "Science Communication" of the Graduate Center. Contact  Dr. Sabine Milde smilde@gz.uni-kiel.de if you are interested.


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