The Human Condition

“The modern world, in which we live today, was born with the first atomic explosions. I do not discuss this modern world, against whose background this book was written. I confine myself, on the one hand, to an analysis of those general human capacities which grow out of the human condition and are permanent, that is, which cannot be irretrievably lost so long as the human condition itself is not changed.”

-Hannah Arendt
The Human Condition

1958. WWII ended over a decade ago. Countries are putting themselves back together after millions were murdered around the globe. Some communities once decimated by bombs and nuclear weapons are still recovering. The civil rights movement in the United States is gaining ground.

For millions, the modern experience is not just one of many theoretical discussions, but an immediate, urgent, and unstable reality that we must take action against. Through an historical analysis of the human condition and modernity, Arendt endeavors to identify those actions – the collective human action and hope to contend with the hopeless alienation of modernity.

On March 27th, Critical Theory Chicago will meet to explore that human action and the “vita activa” by discussing chapter 1 in The Human Condition.  If you are even slightly curious, RSVP and come to the Harold Washington Library.

The Human Condition – CTC Discussion


Monday March 27th
Harold Washington Library
6pm – 8pm
6th Floor North Study Room

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