Thinking and Judging (with) Hannah Arendt (1933)

Four Thursdays: May 2 ,9, 16, 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

$85.00 (10% off for members)

At some point in 1933—perhaps when the Reichstag was burned down and arrests were made to scapegoat Nazi enemies—Hannah Arendt’s philosophical understanding was replaced with active thinking.  For Arendt, ‘thinking actively’ necessarily takes place among others—in the political arena—and poses questions about that which we encounter as humans in order to make judgements about ourselves and the world.  In this course, students will engage two works by Arendt, Responsibility and Judgement and The Portable Hannah Arendt as well as essays by Jacques Ranciere and Bonnie Honig in an effort to make some sense of things in dark times. Four Thursdays: May 2 ,9, 16, 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Week 1


The Portable Hannah Arendt:

“Labor, Work, and Action” page 167

“The Public and Private Realm” page 182

“The Social Question” page 247

“The Concept of History” page 278



Responsibility and Judgment:

“Personal Responsibility under Dictatorship” page 17

“Some Questions of Moral Philosophy” page 49

“Collective Responsibility” page 147

Responsibility and Judgement, Arendt       9780805211627

Portable Hannah Arendt, Arendt                9780142437568

David B. Johnson is a professor of philosophy at Marymount University, and former writing professor at American and GW Universities.  He earned his PhD in Cultural Studies at George Mason University in 2011, and writes primarily about ethics and political theory.  He has two sons and 4 grandchildren, has been enjoying life with his girlfriend, E. Foster Pacine, and lives in Clifton VA.  

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ISBN: 9780805211627
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Published: Schocken - August 9th, 2005

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By Hannah Arendt, Peter Baehr (Introduction by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 29th, 2003