History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
April 6, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Hannah Arendt Lecture Series
Hannah Arendt is known as one of our preeminent theorists of public political life, who imagined a division between philosophy and public life that would surprise many contemporary enthusiasts for the figure of the "public intellectual." In this talk Wurgaft will draw from The Human Condition, On Revolution and The Life of the Mind to argue that throughout her career Arendt displayed a constructive ambivalence regarding the relationship between philosophy and politics, and that her ambivalence is "good to think with" because it discourages an instrumentalist account of the public activities of intellectuals.