Institutt for filosofi og førstesemesterstudier

Politisk teori

Professor Anat Biletzki: «Hannah Arendt on human politics»

Biletzki's course will focus on reading Arendt’s thoughts on human rights in conjunction with her Jewish Writings.


Bilde av Hannah Arendt ved siden av sitatet: "In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world, the masses had reached the point shere they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and nothing was true."

Lecture 1:        “Human Rights”

Lecture 2:        “Antisemitism”

Lecture 4:        “Putting it all together: Eichmann, Zionism”

Time and place:
Tuesday 13.,  Wednesday 14. and Thursday 15. March, all days 12:15 - 14:00 at grupperom O, Sydneshaugen skole

Readings: Jewish Writings (available logged in via UiB).

Recommended background reading (all text available logged in via UiB):

Hannah Arendt: "The Jew as Pariah: A Hidden Tradition", Jewish Social Studies Vol. 6, No. 2 (Apr., 1944), pp. 99-122 (also included in Jewish Writings).

Hannah Arendt:  "We Refugees" (also included in Jewish Writings).

Hannah Arendt"Zionism Reconsidered" Menorah Journal vol. 32, No 2. Pp 162-196 (Oct. 1945) (also included in Jewish Writings).

Hannah ArendtThe decline of the Nation State and the End of the Rights of Man”(chapter 9) in  Origins of Totalitarianism.

Serena Parekh, "A meaningful place in the world: Hannah Arendt on the nature of human rights", Journal of Human Rights 3/1 (2004), 41-52.

Christoph Menke, Birgit Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele, "The 'Aporias of Human Rights' and the 'One Human Right': Regarding the Coherence of Hannah Arendt's Argument", Social Research 74/3 (2007), 739-762.

Etienne Balibar:(De)constructing the Human as Human Institution: a Reflection on the Coherence of Hannah Arendt’s Practical Philosophy”. Social Research: An International Quarterly 74.3 (2007): 727-738. Project MUSE: