The past year has seen a resurgence of interest in the political thinker Hannah Arendt, “the theorist of beginnings, whose work probes the logics underlying unexpected transformations—from totalitarianism to revolution.A work of striking originality,The Human Conditionis in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today. This new edition, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of its original publication, contains Margaret Canovan's 1998 introduction and a new foreword by Danielle Allen.A classic in political and social theory,The Human Conditionis a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Danielle AllenIntroduction by Margaret CanovanPrologueI. The Human Condition1.Vita Activaand the Human Condition2. The TermVita Activa3. Eternity versus ImmortalityII. The Public and the Private Realm4. Man: A Social or a Political Animal5. ThePolisand the Household6. The Rise of the Social7. The Public Realm: The Common8. The Private Realm: Property9. The Social and the Private10. The Location of Human ActivitiesIII. Labor11. “The Labour of Our Body and the Work of Our Hands12. The Thing-Character of the World13. Labor and Life14. Labor and Fertility15. The Privacy of Property and Wealth16. The Instruments of Work and the Division of Labor17. A Consumers' SocietyIV. Work18. The Durability of the World19. Reification20. Instrumentality andAnimal Laborans21. Instrumentality andHomo Faber22. The Exchange Market23. The Permanence of the World and the Work of ArtV. Action24. The Disclosure of the Agent in Speech and Action25. The Web of Relationships and the Enacted Stories26. The Frailty of Human Affairs27. The Greek Solution28. Power and the Space of Appearance29.Homo Faberand the Space of Appearance30. The Labor Movement31. The Traditional Substitution of Making for Acting32. The Process Character of Action33. Irreversibility and the Power to Forgive34. Unpredictability and the Power of PromiseVI. TheVita Activaand the Modern Age35. World Alienation36. The Discovery of the Archimedean Point37. Universal versus Natural Science38. The Rise of the Cartesian Doubt39. Introspection and the Loss of Common Sense40. Thought and the Modern World View41. The Reversal of Contemplation and Action42. The Reversal within theVita Activaand the Victory ofHomo Faber43. The Defeat ofHomo Faberand the Principle of Happiness44. Life as the Highest Good45. The Victory of theAnimal LaboransAcknowledgmentsIndex