By Dana Villa
Theodor Adorno as soon as wrote an essay to "defend Bach opposed to his devotees." during this ebook Dana Villa does an analogous for Hannah Arendt, whose sweeping reconceptualization of the character and cost of political motion, he argues, has been coated over and domesticated through admirers (including severe theorists, communitarians, and participatory democrats) who had was hoping to enlist her of their much less radical philosophical or political initiatives. opposed to the existing "Aristotelian" interpretation of her paintings, Villa explores Arendt's modernity, and certainly her postmodernity, throughout the Heideggerian and Nietzschean subject of a holiday with culture on the closure of metaphysics.
Villa's publication, in spite of the fact that, is far greater than an insignificant correction of misinterpretations of an enormous thinker's paintings. really, he makes a persuasive case for Arendt as the postmodern or postmetaphysical political theorist, the 1st political theorist to imagine throughout the nature of political motion after Nietzsche's exposition of the demise of God (i.e., the cave in of goal correlates to our beliefs, ends, and purposes). After giving an account of Arendt's thought of motion and Heidegger's impression on it, Villa indicates how Arendt did justice to the Heideggerian and Nietzschean feedback of the metaphysical culture whereas heading off the political conclusions they drew from their opinions. the result's a wide-ranging dialogue not just of Arendt and Heidegger, yet of Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Habermas, and the whole query of politics after metaphysics.
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