David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (5):1-27 (2000)
This article focuses on the political 'effect' that Arendt wished to achieve with her 'old-fashioned storytelling'. It is argued that she inherited her concept of the 'redemptive power of narrative' (Benhabib) from Walter Benjamin. The close relationship of the two intuitively suggests an affinity between Arendt's concept of a 'fragmented past' and her 'storytelling' and Benjamin's conception of history and narrative. An attempt is made here to determine the amplitude and the meaning of this proximity. An account is provided of Benjamin's and Arendt's shared belief that the past is fragmented and that only fragmented writing, mainly in the form of 'stories', had the capacity to be faithful to its 'ruins'. It is argued that for both Arendt and Benjamin, the purpose of this writing form was not to commemorate the dead, but to show their absence - their invisibility. It is suggested that Arendt and Benjamin held a similar conviction: that stories had the capacity to save the world. Key Words: Arendt Benjamin catastrophe experience fragmented past imagination remembrance revelation standpoint of the defeated storytelling.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Christopher Holman (2011). Dialectics and Distinction: Reconsidering Hannah Arendt's Critique of Marx. Contemporary Political Theory 10 (3):332.
Similar books and articles
Lisa J. Disch (1993). More Truth Than Fact: Storytelling as Critical Understanding in the Writings of Hannah Arendt. Political Theory 21 (4):665-694.
Barry Clarke & Lawrence Quill (2009). Augustine, Arendt, and Anthropy. Sophia 48 (3):253-265.
Phillip Birger Hansen (1993). Hannah Arendt: Politics, History and Citizenship. Stanford University Press.
Shari Stone-Mediatore (2003). Reading Across Borders: Storytelling and Knowledges of Resistance. Palgrave Macmillan.
Seyla Benhabib (ed.) (2010). Politics in Dark Times: Encounters with Hannah Arendt. Cambridge University Press.
Roger Berkowitz (ed.) (2010). Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Shari Stone-Mediatore (2000). Hannah Arendt and Susan Griffin: Toward a Feminist Metahistory. In Cecile Tougas & Sara Ebenreck (eds.), Presenting Women Philosophers. Temple University Press.
Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz & Thomas Keenan (eds.) (2010). Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics. Fordham University Press.
Majid Yar (2000). From Actor to Spectator: Hannah Arendt's 'Two Theories' of Political Judgment. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (2):1-27.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads20 ( #92,152 of 1,140,267 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #142,694 of 1,140,267 )
How can I increase my downloads?