By Philip Walsh
Hannah Arendt is at the present time extensively seemed this present day as a political theorist, who sought to rescue politics from society, and political conception from the social sciences. yet this view has had the impression of distracting cognizance from lots of Arendt's most crucial insights about the structure of society, and the importance of its 'science', sociology. Arendt Contra Sociology re-assesses the connection among Arendt's paintings and the theoretical foundations of sociology, bringing her insights to undergo on a few key subject matters inside of modern theoretical sociology. Re-reading Arendt's differences among labour, fabrication and motion as a concept of the basic ontology of human societies, this booklet assesses her feedback of the tendency of many sociological paradigms to conflate the job of fabrication with that of motion. It re-examines Arendt's figuring out of vital components of study inside of modern theoretical sociology - together with the that means of strength, the trajectory of recent technological know-how, the increase of consumerism and the matter of reflexivity. This quantity deals a entire reconstruction of Arendt's concept, uncovering its refutation of, or latent contribution to, key sociological ways. it is going to be of curiosity to sociologists, social and political theorists and philosophers of social technology.
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These personae denote a range of features that together define the two distinct spheres of labour and work, and there is an extensive secondary literature dealing with what exactly Arendt has in mind in using the two terms. g. consumability or durability) (Benhabib, 2000), to mentalités (Pitkin, 1998) or to theories of human nature (Marx spoke of the animal laborans and Bergson of homo faber). In other words, most commentators tend to emphasize qualities either of the activities themselves, or of the mental outlook associated with them.
It was therefore the space of homo faber: ‘His public realm is the exchange market, where he can show the products of his hand and receive the esteem that is due to him’ (HC: 160). Arendt says relatively little about the fate of the polis and the oikos in the Medieval and early modern period. Her discussion of the ‘rise of the social’ is most fully developed in HC, where her account moves instead to the eighteenth century, which saw the expansion of the third space of social relations within the agora, between the oikos and the polis, that transformed both.
ISBN 978-1-4094-3863-2 (hardback) – ISBN 978-1-4094-3864-9 (ebook) – ISBN 978-1-4724-0006-2 (epub) 1. Arendt, Hannah, 1906–1975. 2. Sociology—Philosophy. 3. Political science—Philosophy. I. Title. 01—dc23 2014030045 The author and publisher would like to thank the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University for the financial support it provided to this work. ISBN 9781409438632 (hbk) ISBN 9781409438649 (ebk-PDF) ISBN 9781472400062 (ebk-ePUB) For Nicola Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1 Introduction PART I SOCIETY AND ITS SCIENCE 2 Society 3 Sociology PART II RE-THINKING SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 4 Reflexivity 5 Power 6 Knowledge 7 Consumption 8 Conclusion: The Good Society and the Future of Sociology Bibliography Index Acknowledgements My thanks go to all those who helped me in various ways to write this book.