Hannah Arendt and Political Glory

Hannah Arendt and Political Glory : Earthly Immortality and a Post-Theological Concept of the Political

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Hannah Arendt has been celebrated as a thinker of natality, action, and radical new beginnings. Birmingham argues that this celebration misses Arendt's central concern throughout her work which is is to rethink political immortality in a secularized world that has lost its theological ground. Against such thinkers as Hobbes, Rousseau, and Carl Schmitt, all of whom ground their conception of the political in a theological conception of immortality animated by sovereign glory and violence, Birmingham argues that Arendt rethinks political glory as earthly immortality. Through a sustained reflection on Arendt's understanding of law, violence, revolutionary power, authority, and political judgment and an engagement with several of Arendt's readers, including Agamben, Balibar, Butler, and Lyotard, Birmingham claims that Arendt's notion of earthly immortality allows for a post-theological conception of the political that is no longer rooted in sovereign glory and sacralised violence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783484780
  • 9781783484782

Table of contents

Introduction: Sacred Violence, Sovereignty, and the Problem of Political Glory / 1. Hell on Earth: The Death of Immortality / 2. Earthly Immortality and the Vita Activa / 3. Revolutionary Immortality: Insurrection and Endurance I / 4. Legal Immortality: Insurrection and Endurance II / 5. Dark Joy: Immortal Affects / 6. Judging Immortality: Rethinking the Sensus Communis / Conclusion: Bearing the Unbearable: Immortality and the Desert of the Earth / Bibliography / Index
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About Peg Birmingham

Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights (2006) and co-editor of Aporia of Rights (with Anna Yeatman, 2014) and Dissensus Communis (with Philippe van Haute, 1995). She is the editor of the journal Philosophy Today.
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