Tuesday, January 7, 2014

From our first class

The Hannah I love

Let's try to get the textbook for this Thursday.

Some of what we discussed: 

1- G. Leibniz's Die beste aller möglichen Welten (best of all possible worlds). This "best" here is mathematical and metaphysical.

2- Hannah Arendt, the question of the meaning of thinking about politics is not reducible to, though perhaps it encompasses, the question, “What is politics?” Nor is the question reducible to, though perhaps it encompasses, “What is thinking about politics?” or, perhaps, “What is political theory?” For Arendt, thinking is essentially negative. That's why I spoke of the art of possibilities. 

Here, Hannah's interview for Günter Gauss' Zur Person for the German TV. Gauss begins by framing the interview with the woman/philospher distinction. Hannah retorts that she's not a philosopher but a political theorist. "I don't believe I have been accepted in the circle of philosophers," a stab at the male political establishment. 

In case you're interested in Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem.
And this is a trailer for  Hannah Arendt the film.

3- Problematizing politics? I said: "make it more complicated so that it gets more simple."

*For Heidegger in general, assertions are apophantic, i.e., they cover more than they show. In general we find things in a state of Vorhandenheit as easy-to-hand.
* Problematizing is also an attitude of awareness.
*Problematizing keeps us mentally nimble.

For the sake of the class let's pretend that everything is political (it's not of course, but we play on the safe side).

Kids: Remember we want to explore this same-sex marriage paradigm switch for Thursday.


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