What is the Private Realm to a Political Philosopher?

For thinkers faced with the reality of extreme connectivity in the era of the internet, the thin lines we’ve drawn between the public and private are all the more interesting. Though this connectivity is indeed a new way of being in many ways, these concerns with the ramifications of the sorts of boundaries drawn to define public and private realms are always already taken into account for understanding the political.

In The Human Condition, Arendt delves into the relations between the problems of modernity, ancient western understandings of the political, and how the human condition constantly changes with each birth – either the birth of a new human or the birth of an action or idea. In chapter II, “The Public and Private Realm” Arendt focuses in on the boundaries we place between the public and private realms and what those malleable boundaries mean for how men come together to act and begin anew.

To continue our discussion of The Human Condition, please read sections 4 – 6 of chapter II “The Public and the Private Realm”. If you are even slightly curious, even if you haven’t read, please join us April 3, 2017 at the Harold Washington Library at 6pm.

What is the Private Realm to a Political Philosopher?


Discussion of Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition
chapter II “The Public and the Private Realm” sections 4-6
April 3, 2017 6-8pm
Harold Washington Library
6th Floor North Study Room

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