Recommended Further Reading 1. Chronology of Life and Works The political philosopher, Hannah Arendtwas born in Hanover, Germany, inthe only child of secular Jews. InArendt began her studies in classics and Christian theology at the University of Berlin, and in entered Marburg University, where she studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger. In she began a romantic relationship with Heidegger, but broke this off the following year.
Summary of the Book[ edit ] I - The Human Condition[ edit ] Arendt introduces the term vita activa active life by distinguishing it from vita contemplativa contemplative life. Ancient philosophers insisted upon the superiority of the vita contemplativa, for which the vita activa merely provided necessities.
Marx flipped the hierarchy, claiming that the vita contemplativa is merely a superstructure on the fundamental basic life-processes of a society. Arendt's thesis is that the concerns of the vita activa are neither superior nor inferior to those of the vita contemplativa, nor are they the same.
The 'vita activa' may be divided into three sorts of activities: The mark of the private was not intimacy, as it is in modern times, but biological necessity. In the private realm, heads of households took care of needs for food, shelter, and sex. By contrast, the public realm was a realm of freedom from these biological necessities, a realm in which one could distinguish oneself through "great words and great deeds.
Slaves and subordinated women were confined to the private realm where they met the biological necessities of the head of the household.
The public realm naturally was accorded higher status than the private. With the fall of the Roman Empirethe church took over the role of the public realm though its otherworldly orientation gave it a character distinct from the previous public realmand the feudal lords ran their lands and holdings as private realms.
The modern period saw the rise of a third realm, the social realm. The social realm is concerned with providing for biological needs, but it does so at the level of the state.
Arendt views the social realm as a threat to both the private and the public realm. In order to provide for the needs of everyone, it must invade the private sphere, and because it makes biological needs a public matter, it corrupts the realm of free action: There is no longer a realm free from necessity.
III - Labor[ edit ] Arendt claims that her distinction between labor and work has been disregarded by philosophers throughout history even though it has been preserved in many European languages. Labor is human activity directed at meeting biological and perhaps other necessities for self-preservation and the reproduction of the species.
Because these needs cannot be satisfied once and for all, labor never really reaches an end. Its fruits do not last long; they are quickly consumed, and more must always be produced.
Labor is thus a cyclical, repeated process that carries with it a sense of futility. In the ancient world, Arendt asserts, labor was contemptible not because it was what slaves did; rather, slaves were contemptible because they performed labor, a futile but necessary activity.
In the modern world, not just slaves, but everyone has come to be defined by their labor: We are job-holders, and we must perform our jobs to meet our needs. Marx registers this modern idea in his assertion that man is animal laborans, a species that sets itself apart from the animals not by its thinking, but by its labor.
But Marx then contradicts himself in foreseeing a day when production allows the proletariat to throw off the shackles of their oppressors and be free from labor entirely. By Marx's own lights, this would mean they cease to be human.Hannah arendt vita activa and a review of hannah arendts account of vita activa the.
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2 Sechstes Kapitel: Die Vita activa und die Neuzeit (11) Kapitel 35 – Der Beginn der Weltentfremdung, Kapitel 36 – Die Entdeckung des archimedischen Punkts, Kapitel 40 – Das Denk- und Erkenntnisvermögen und das neuzeitliche Weltbild.
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Show me the full essay. Show me the full essay. View Full Essay. This is the end of the preview. Sign up to view the rest of the essay. Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition Words | 9 Pages The Human Condition Hannah Arendt’s book, The Human Condition, examines the “vita activa” and it’s relation to three fundamental human activities: labor, work and action.
- In Hannah Arendt’s work, The Human Condition, Arendt addresses the active life or Vita Activa and how the three major human activities are incorporated into the public and private realms.
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