Hannah Arendt (PHIL2625)


No 20th century political philosopher has captured as much attention as Hannah Arendt. Those seeking a fresh approach beyond the traditional right and left, as well as contemporary feminists are all drawn to her vivid reading of tradition, her diagnosis of the present and path-breaking analysis of totalitarianism, human rights and refugees. This unit of study examines key concepts like natality and novel reading of politics, freedom and promising and her contemporary appropriation by Giorgio Agamben with his concept of "bare life".

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x250wd tutorial paper (5%), 1x2250wd essay (50%) and 1x2000wd take-home essay (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL2515, PHIL3515

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