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Heretical Reading of Arendt: The Space of Thinking

Učník, L. (2013) Heretical Reading of Arendt: The Space of Thinking. In: Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) Annual Conference 2013, 3 - 5 December 2013, University of Western Sydney, Paramatta Campus

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In this paper, I will briefty sketch Arendt's phenomenological analysis of the human condition defined by her early stress on the vita activa, as well as her later, vita contemplativa, in order to suggest that her project is problematic. At the heart of Arendt's project is the problem of time: the time in her analysis of thinking as nunc stans of the vita contemplativa as well as the historical time in her analysis of the vita activa. I will argue that the problematic nature of her analyses follows from her appropriation of Heidegger's phenomenological project without also accepting Husserl's analyses of inner time consciousness that Heidegger presupposes. To conclude, I will briefty point towards Patocka's project to show a different way to address human existence.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Conference Website: https://www.ascp.org.au/ascp-conference/conference...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33831
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