Natality and the rise of the social in Hannah Arendt's political thought

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dc.contributor.author Parker, Jeanette
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-29T22:57:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-29T22:57:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-08-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3521
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on Hannah Arendt’s theory of natality, which is identified with the event of birth into a pre-existing human world. Arendt names natality the “ontological root” of political action and of human freedom, and yet, as critics of Arendt’s political writings have pointed out, this notion of identifying freedom with birth is somewhat perplexing. I return to Arendt’s phenomenological analysis of active human life in The Human Condition, focusing on the significance of natality as the disclosure of a unique “who” within a specific relational web. From there, I trace the distinct threats to natality, speech-action, and worldly relations posed by the political philosophical tradition, on the one hand, and by the modern biopolitical “rise of the social” on the other. Drawing connections between Arendt’s theory of the social and Michel Foucault’s work on the biopolitical management of populations, my thesis defends Arendt’s contentious distinction between social and political life; the Arendtian social, I argue, can fruitfully be read as biopolitical. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Arendt en_US
dc.subject Natality en_US
dc.subject biopolitics en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject mass society en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.title Natality and the rise of the social in Hannah Arendt's political thought en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Cobley, Evelyn
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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