[MaFLa] invitation to a philosophy talk- 'Hannah Arendt's Political Existentialism', January 18, 4.30 PM

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Thu Jan 13 12:28:13 CET 2011

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Csaba Olay (ELTE) 
'Hannah Arendt's Political Existentialism'
Tuesday, 18 January, 2011, 4.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
In my talk I regard Arendt’s political philosophy as one grounded
basically on a conception of human life and existence. The point is not
only that each political philosophy presupposes some ideas about the
nature of human beings, on the base of which the tasks and possible
means of politics could be specified. In Arendt’s thought there is a
closer connection between human existence and politics, insofar as the
meaning of politics is to give room for human existence to grasp itself.
To live an individual human life contains inevitably the task of
understanding oneself, and this can happen only under public conditions
that are, according to Arendt, at the same time political conditions.
Consequently, her theory is not a proposal to define the political tasks
as distinct from others, but rather to search the meaning of public
activities and the meaning of action within the context of human life.
This specific approach is expressed by the characterization „political
existentialism” for Arendt’s work, and the term should underline the
fact that she interprets politics in terms of other factors as well.
Kriszta Biber
Department Coordinator
Philosophy Department
Tel: 36-1-327-3806
Fax: 36-1-327-3072
E-mail: biberk at ceu.hu
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