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Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity

A Phenomenology of Human Rights

By Serena Parekh

Routledge – 2008 – 220 pages

Series: Studies in Philosophy

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Description

Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity explores the theme of human rights in the work of Hannah Arendt. Parekh argues that Arendt's contribution to this debate has been largely ignored because she does not speak in the same terms as contemporary theoreticians of human rights. Beginning by examining Arendt’s critique of human rights, and the concept of "a right to have rights" with which she contrasts the traditional understanding of human rights, Parekh goes on to analyze some of the tensions and paradoxes within the modern conception of human rights that Arendt brings to light, arguing that Arendt’s perspective must be understood as phenomenological and grounded in a notion of intersubjectivity that she develops in her readings of Kant and Socrates.

Contents

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Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Groundlessness of Modernity

Chapter One: The Paradox of Human Rights

Chapter Two: Human Dignity and the Ethos of Modernity

Chapter Three: The Common World

Chapter Four: Two Realms of Existence

Chapter Five: The Foundations of Human Rights

Chapter Six: Conscience, Morality, Judgment

Concluding Remarks

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Serena Parekh is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute. She received her PhD in philosophy from Boston College. Professor Parekh has recently published articles in Philosophy and Social Criticism, the Journal of Human Rights, and Human Rights Quarterly.

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Description: By Serena Parekh. Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity explores the theme of human rights in the work of Hannah Arendt. Parekh argues that Arendt's contribution to this debate has been largely ignored because she does not speak in the same terms as...
Categories: Continental Philosophy, Ethics Philosophy, Political Philosophy, 20th Century