Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times

Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times

by Ned O'Gorman

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In this age of nearly unprecedented partisan rancor, you’d be forgiven for thinking we could all do with a smaller daily dose of politics. In his provocative and sharp book, however, Ned O’Gorman argues just the opposite: Politics for Everybody contends that what we really need to do is engage more deeply with politics, rather than chuck the whole thing out the window. In calling for a purer, more humanistic relationship with politics—one that does justice to the virtues of open, honest exchange—O’Gorman draws on the work of Hannah Arendt (1906-75). As a German-born Jewish thinker who fled the Nazis for the United States, Arendt set out to defend politics from its many detractors along several key lines: the challenge of separating genuine politics from distorted forms; the difficulty of appreciating politics for what it is; the problems of truth and judgment in politics; and the role of persuasion in politics. O’Gorman’s book offers an insightful introduction to Arendt’s ideas  for anyone who wants to think more carefully

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226683157
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 787,876
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ned O’Gorman is professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of The Iconoclastic Imagination, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Prodigal Politics

Chapter 1. Untwisting Politics
Chapter 2. Phenomenal Politics
Chapter 3. Judging Politics
Chapter 4. Lies, Damned Lies, and Politics
Chapter 5. Why We Need Rhetoric
Chapter 6. The Political Imagination (or, Freedom!)

Conclusion. Politics Reborn

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