Arendt and Heidegger: The Fate of the Political by Dana Villa

By Dana Villa

Theodor Adorno as soon as wrote an essay to "defend Bach opposed to his devotees." during this publication Dana Villa does an analogous for Hannah Arendt, whose sweeping reconceptualization of the character and price of political motion, he argues, has been coated over and domesticated via admirers (including severe theorists, communitarians, and participatory democrats) who had was hoping to enlist her of their much less radical philosophical or political initiatives. opposed to the present "Aristotelian" interpretation of her paintings, Villa explores Arendt's modernity, and certainly her postmodernity, during the Heideggerian and Nietzschean topic of a holiday with culture on the closure of metaphysics.

Villa's booklet, besides the fact that, is way greater than a trifling correction of misinterpretations of a big thinker's paintings. really, he makes a persuasive case for Arendt as the postmodern or postmetaphysical political theorist, the 1st political theorist to imagine during the nature of political motion after Nietzsche's exposition of the demise of God (i.e., the cave in of target correlates to our beliefs, ends, and purposes). After giving an account of Arendt's conception of motion and Heidegger's impact on it, Villa exhibits how Arendt did justice to the Heideggerian and Nietzschean feedback of the metaphysical culture whereas keeping off the political conclusions they drew from their evaluations. the result's a wide-ranging dialogue not just of Arendt and Heidegger, yet of Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Habermas, and the total query of politics after metaphysics.

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