Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Arendt and Heidegger by Dana R. Villa

Theodor Adorno once wrote an essay to "defend Bach against his devotees." In this book Dana Villa does the same for Hannah Arendt, whose sweeping reconceptualization of the nature and value of political action, he argues, has been covered over and domesticated by admirers (including critical theorists, communitarians, and participatory democrats) who had hoped to enlist her in their less radical philosophical or political projects. Against the prevailing "Aristotelian" interpretation of her work, Villa explores Arendt's modernity, and indeed her postmodernity, through the Heideggerian and Nietzschean theme of a break with tradition at the closure of metaphysics. Villa's book, however, is much more than a mere correction of misinterpretations of a major thinker's work. Rather, he makes a persuasive case for Arendt as the postmodern or postmetaphysical political theorist, the first political theorist to think through the nature of political action after Nietzsche's exposition of the death of God (i.e., the collapse of objective correlates to our ideals, ends, and purposes). After giving an account of Arendt's theory of action and Heidegger's influence on it, Villa shows how Arendt did justice to the Heideggerian and Nietzschean criticism of the metaphysical tradition while avoiding the political conclusions they drew from their critiques. The result is a wide-ranging discussion not only of Arendt and Heidegger, but of Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Habermas, and the entire question of politics after metaphysics.

Buy Arendt and Heidegger by Dana R. Villa from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780691044002
ISBN-10: 0691044007
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Arendt and Heidegger by Dana R. Villa

Book Reviews - Arendt and Heidegger by Dana R. Villa

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Arendt and Heidegger book by Dana R. Villa and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Dana R. Villa

Public Freedom by Dana R. Villa
Paperback, August 2008
$62.10
Socratic Citizenship by Dana R. Villa
Paperback, July 2001
$71.10
Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt by Dana R. Villa
Hardback, November 2000
$148.50
Politics, Philosophy, Terror by Dana R. Villa
Paperback, August 1999
$80.10