Arendt Contra Sociology: Theory, Society and Its Science by Philip Walsh

By Philip Walsh

Hannah Arendt is this present day largely looked at the present time as a political theorist, who sought to rescue politics from society, and political thought from the social sciences. yet this view has had the influence of distracting awareness from lots of Arendt's most vital insights in regards to the structure of society, and the importance of its 'science', sociology. Arendt Contra Sociology re-assesses the connection among Arendt's paintings and the theoretical foundations of sociology, bringing her insights to undergo on a few key topics inside modern theoretical sociology. Re-reading Arendt's differences among labour, fabrication and motion as a conception of the basic ontology of human societies, this e-book assesses her feedback of the tendency of many sociological paradigms to conflate the job of fabrication with that of motion. It re-examines Arendt's figuring out of significant parts of study inside modern theoretical sociology - together with the that means of energy, the trajectory of recent technological know-how, the increase of consumerism and the matter of reflexivity. This quantity deals a entire reconstruction of Arendt's notion, uncovering its refutation of, or latent contribution to, key sociological ways. it will likely be of curiosity to sociologists, social and political theorists and philosophers of social technological know-how.

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This process of alteration is partly constituted by the ‘rise of the social’, and the threatened decay of the public sphere, which are dominant themes of her critique of modernity. This critique is therefore closely bound up with Arendt’s theory of activity. The Phenomenological Method Arendt’s conception of phenomenology was influenced by Heidegger’s philosophy and, to a lesser degree, by Jaspers’. As Jacques Taminiaux argues, HC is ‘akin in its style …, but not in its content’ to that practised by the early Heidegger (1998: 25).

Goals of the Book Almost all contemporary secondary literature on Hannah Arendt’s work comes from either philosophers or political theorists, and in recent years it has expanded rapidly, reflecting the widespread recognition of the depth and originality of her thinking. This coincided with political phenomena that were unexpected and/or alarming, and which seemed to demand a new perspective. These included, in Europe in the 1990s, the seeds of a possible federation of national states, but also the reappearance of concentration camps in the wake of the Balkan Wars; in America, in the 2000s, the growth of the security state in response to 9/11 and of mass surveillance on a scale that has only recently become evident; during the same period, the worldwide resurgence of radical ideologies of faith; and, in the last decade, wars and revolutions that have engulfed much of the Middle East.

The institutional differentiation of the modern world impacts the division between the public and the private sphere in complex ways, which are discussed in Chapter 2. An Overview of the Book The triad of human activities is therefore a central tenet of Arendt’s thinking, which I explore extensively in Part I of this book. In Chapter 2, I show how it implies a theory of society, which can be extracted from a careful reading of HC. This allows for intersections between Arendt and sociology that have typically eluded previous interpreters of her work.

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