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Hannah Arendt & Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility (Studies in Continental Thought)

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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.

Synopsis:

A new reading of Hannah Arendt's philosophy of human rights

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: The Problem of Human Rights

1. The Event of Natality: The Ontological Foundation of Human Rights

2. The Principle of Initium: Freedom, Power, and the Right to Have Rights

3. The Principle of Givenness: Appearance, Singularity, and the Right to Have Rights

4. The Predicament of Common Responsibility

Conclusion: The Political Institution of the Right to Have Rights

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253218650
Author:
Birmingham, Peg
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Responsibility
Subject:
Arendt, Hannah
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Continental; Feminist; Philosophy; Politics
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Studies in Continental Thought
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 0.56 in

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