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Action and Appearance: Ethics and the Politics of Writing in by Anna Yeatman, Charles Barbour, Phillip Hansen, Magdalena

By Anna Yeatman, Charles Barbour, Phillip Hansen, Magdalena Zolkos

Motion and visual appeal is a suite of essays that investigate the the most important and complicated hyperlink among motion and visual appeal in Hannah Arendt's political idea. Contributed by means of revered students, the essays articulate round the following issues: the emergence of political motion while wondering the character of legislations, subjectivity and individuality; the connection among ethics and politics; the nexus of (co-)appearance, considering and fact; and Arendt's writing as motion and visual appeal. For Arendt, motion is a cosmopolitan, public phenomenon that calls for the presence of others to have any impression. for this reason, to behave is greater than to make your mind up because it is usually to seem. a lot has been acknowledged approximately Arendt's conception of motion, yet little realization has been paid to her method of visual appeal as is completed during this quantity. motion and visual appeal explores either Arendt's general texts and formerly unpublished or lately rediscovered texts to problem the tested readings of her paintings. including to confirmed debates, it will likely be a different source to someone drawn to Hannah Arendt, political concept, political thought, and political philosophy.

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Trans. Samuel and Sherry Weber. London: Neville Spearman. Arendt, Hannah. 1970. The human condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. —. 1972. The origins of totalitarianism. ). —. 1973. Men in dark times. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin. —. 1977. Between past and future. Harmondsworth: Penguin. indd 37 3/10/2011 12:22:10 PM 38 ACTION AND APPEARANCE —. 1978. The Jew as pariah: Jewish identity and politics in the modern age. Ed. Ron H. Feldman. New York: Random House. —. 1994. Essays in understanding, 1930–1954.

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Indd 20 3/10/2011 10:58:05 AM RECALLING ARENDT ON THINKING 21 This thinking, fed by the present, works with the ‘thought fragments’ it can wrest from the past and gather about itself. Like a pearl diver who descends to the bottom of the sea . . to pry loose the rich and the strange, . . this thinking delves into the depths of the past – but not in order to resuscitate it the way it was and to contribute to the renewal of extinct ages. What guides this thinking is the conviction that although the living is subject to the ruin of the time, the process of decay is at the same time a process of crystallization, that in the depth of the sea, into which sinks and is dissolved what was once alive, some things suffer a ‘sea change’ and survive in new crystallized forms and shapes that remain immune from the elements, as though they waited only for the pearl diver who one day will come down to them and bring them up into the world of the living – as ‘thought fragments’, as something ‘rich and strange’, and perhaps even as everlasting Urphänomeme.

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