The new study provides a fresh and timely reassessment of the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. While analysing the central themes of Arendt's work, Phillip Hansen also shows that her work makes a significant contribution to contemporary debates. Specifically, Hansen argues that Arendt provides a powerful account of what it means to think and act politically. This account can establish the grounds for a contemporary citizen rationality in the face of threat to a genuine politics. Amoung other issues, Hansen discusses Arendt's conception of history and historical action; her account of politics and of the distinction between public and private; her analysis of totalitarianism as the most ominous form of 'false ' politics; and her treatment of revolution. The book is a balanced and opportune reappraisal of Arendt's contributions to social and political theory. It will be welcomed by students and scholars in politics, sociology and philosophy.
Phillip Hansen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina, Canada.
Introduction. 1. History and the Decline of Politics. 2. Freedom, Action and the Public Realm:. Hannah Arendt's Polis and the Foundations of a Genuine Politics. 3. The Public Realm under Siege:. False Politics and the Modern Age. 4.Totalitarianism. 5. Revolution. 6. What is Thinking Politically? . Conclusion: Whither Political Theory?. Notes. Index.