A work of striking originality bursting with unexpected insights, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. In her study of the state of modern humanity, Hannah Arendt considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then -- diminishing human agency and political freedom; the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic, inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions -- continue to confront us today. This new edition, which coincides with the fortieth anniversary of its original publication, contains an improved and expanded index and a new introduction. by noted Arendt scholar Margaret Canovan which incisively analyzes the book's argument and examines its present relevance. A classic in political and social theory, The Human Condition is a work that has proved both timeless and perpetually timely.
Hannah Arendt, am 14. Oktober 1906 in Hannover geboren und am 4. Dezember 1975 in New York gestorben, studierte Philosophie, Theologie und Griechisch unter anderem bei Heidegger, Bultmann und Jaspers, bei dem sie 1928 promovierte. 1933 Emigration nach Paris, ab 1941 in New York. 1946 bis 1948 Lektorin, danach als freie Schriftstellerin tätig. 1963 Professorin für Politische Theorie in Chicago, ab 1967 an der New School for Social Research in New York.