By Philip Walsh

Hannah Arendt is this present day largely seemed at the present time as a political theorist, who sought to rescue politics from society, and political concept from the social sciences. yet this view has had the impact of distracting consciousness from a lot of Arendt's most vital insights in regards to the structure of society, and the importance of its 'science', sociology. Arendt Contra Sociology re-assesses the connection among Arendt's paintings and the theoretical foundations of sociology, bringing her insights to undergo on a few key issues inside of modern theoretical sociology. Re-reading Arendt's differences among labour, fabrication and motion as a concept of the elemental ontology of human societies, this e-book assesses her feedback of the tendency of many sociological paradigms to conflate the task of fabrication with that of motion. It re-examines Arendt's realizing of primary components of study inside modern theoretical sociology - together with the which means of energy, the trajectory of recent technological know-how, the increase of consumerism and the matter of reflexivity. This quantity deals a accomplished reconstruction of Arendt's idea, uncovering its refutation of, or latent contribution to, key sociological methods. it will likely be of curiosity to sociologists, social and political theorists and philosophers of social technology.

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Title. 01—dc23 2014030045 The author and publisher would like to thank the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University for the financial support it provided to this work. ISBN 9781409438632 (hbk) ISBN 9781409438649 (ebk-PDF) ISBN 9781472400062 (ebk-ePUB) For Nicola Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1 Introduction PART I SOCIETY AND ITS SCIENCE 2 Society 3 Sociology PART II RE-THINKING SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 4 Reflexivity 5 Power 6 Knowledge 7 Consumption 8 Conclusion: The Good Society and the Future of Sociology Bibliography Index Acknowledgements My thanks go to all those who helped me in various ways to write this book.

Speech and action were not pursued as means to further ends, but as politics, the ‘meaning of which was freedom’ (PP: 108). The polis was therefore the realm of freedom, and contrasted with the household (oikos), which, Arendt characterizes as the realm of ‘darkness’, where activities have no meaning beyond their purely instrumental or life-sustaining function. It is tempting to say that the slavery of the household was seen, in Ancient Greece and Republican Rome, as the means to the perceived higher end of freedom in political life.

I also draw on a cross section of the recent secondary literature on Arendt, focusing primarily on the most influential book-length interpretations of her work. These include Seyla Benhabib’s The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (2003) and her edited collection of essays, Politics in Dark Times (2011), Hanna Pitkin’s The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt’s Conception of the Social (2000), Jacques Taminiaux’s The Thracian Maid and the Professional Thinker (1998), Margaret Canovan’s Hannah Arendt: A Reinterpretation of her Political Thought (1994), Peter Baehr’s Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Social Sciences (2010), Dana Villa’s edited collection, The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt (2000), and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s Why Arendt Matters (2006), together with her marvellous (1982) biography of Arendt, For Love of the World, which is also a major interpretive work.

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