Hannah Arendt: The Life of the Mind

Instructor: Samantha Hill
This is an online course (Eastern Time)

Where are we when we think? What is the relationship between thinking, willing, and judging? Can thinking in itself condition people against doing evil in the world? In this course we will explore Hannah Arendt’s final work, The Life of the Mind. Written as a counterpart to The Human Condition, and in response to the fury provoked by her reportage on Eichmann in JerusalemThe Life of the Mind explores the mental faculties of thinking, willing, and judging. Turning toward the distinction between the vita contemplativa (the life of contemplation) and the vita activa (the life of action), Arendt engages the tradition of western political thought in order to consider thinking as a worldly activity, and whether or not thinking itself contributes to our ability to tell right from wrong. In addition to the published manuscript, we will also look at the unpublished manuscripts for The Life of the Mind, and Arendt’s lectures on Kant.

Course Schedule

Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm ET
November 20 — December 18, 2022
4 sessions over 5 weeks
Class will not meet Sunday, November 27th.


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