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The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social
One of the most brilliant political theorists of our time, Hannah Arendt intended her work to liberate, to convince us that the power to improve our flawed arrangements is in our hands. At the same time, Arendt developed a metaphor of "the social" as an alien, appearing as if from outer space to gobble up human freedom; she blamed it—not us—for our public paralysis. In The ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 1998)
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I think I have a sweet spot for Hannah Arendt because she made race theory serious business. It's as if she came on to the scene and said, "I'm Jewish; it's who I am and how I go about thinking of political matters, and instead of trying to pretend I'm not Jewish and try to pretend that it was a historical accident that my people ended up in camps, I'm going look so deep into the business of being Jewish, I'm going to explain the entire world, Jews and Gentile alike, and I'm going to do it in pl ...more