Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

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



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.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Conference Website:
Item Control Page Item Control Page


Downloads per month over past year