Hannah Arendt and Human Rights

Hannah Arendt and Human Rights : The Predicament of Common Responsibility

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Hannah Arendt's most important contribution to political thought may be her well-known and often-cited notion of the "right to have rights." In this incisive and wide-ranging book, Peg Birmingham explores the theoretical and social foundations of Arendt's philosophy on human rights. Devoting special consideration to questions and issues surrounding Arendt's ideas of common humanity, human responsibility, and natality, Birmingham formulates a more complex view of how these basic concepts support Arendt's theory of human rights. Birmingham considers Arendt's key philosophical works along with her literary writings, especially those on Walter Benjamin and Franz Kafka, to reveal the extent of Arendt's commitment to humanity even as violence, horror, and pessimism overtook Europe during World War II and its aftermath. This current and lively book makes a significant contribution to philosophy, political science, and European intellectual history.show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253218659
  • 9780253218650
  • 353,590

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"A new reading of Hannah Arendt's philosophy of human rights Hannah Arendt and Human Rights is to demonstrate how closely Arendt's account of the human condition... can figure into demonstrating that the discourse on human rights is not wholly negative, not wholly an empirical upshot of the disasters of the twentieth century. The idea of human rights we now possess articlates what, plausibly, might be thought to be involved in recognizing all others as members of the human community, thereby underwriting the political structures necessary to hold the fragile framework of the conditions of humanity in place. Birmingham can thus be thought to have demonstrated, at the very least, that pursuing the goal of realizing human rights is one direct way of pursuing an Arendtian politics." -J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research, Research in Phenomenology, 38 2008 "The achievement of Birmingham's book is that it situates Arendt's much cited discussion of the right to have rights within the broader context of her later work. She persuasively shows that the political predicament of stateless people exemplified the problematic of modern politics with which she was implicitly preoccupied in her later work on freedom and praxis..." -ANDREW SCHAAP, University of Exeter, UK, Social & Legal Studies, Vol. 18.2 2009 Peg Birmingham explores the theoretical and social foundations ofArendt's philosophy on human rights. Devoting special consideration toquestions and issues surrounding Arendt's ideas of common humanity,human responsibility, and natality, Birmingham explains how these basicconcepts support Arendt's theory of human rights.Joseph Haberer, Book Review Editor, SHOFAR, Spring 2008, Volume 26, No 3show more

About Peg Birmingham

Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is co-editor of Dissensus Communis: Between Ethics and Politics and co-translator of Dominique Janicaud's Powers of the Rational (IUP, 1994).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: The Problem of Human Rights1. The Event of Natality: The Ontological Foundation of Human Rights2. The Principle of Initium: Freedom, Power, and the Right to Have Rights3. The Principle of Givenness: Appearance, Singularity, and the Right to Have Rights4. The Predicament of Common ResponsibilityConclusion: The Political Institution of the Right to Have RightsNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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